Thursday, August 30, 2007
Old Photos Boardwalk
The top photo appeared on this site before but I thought I would show it again as it deserves analizing. The house in the bakground would be the Leblanc's house who rented boats and would be at the foot of 1st ave. The wharf in the middle was called the Verdun 500 Social and Swimming Club and was at the foot of second avenue. That is where the ferry would moor up to 1915 and the one of the books I consulted called it the Quai de la Tortue. Onother book referred to the same name to the Laprairie wharf. When consulting different authors you find conflicting information so this would require clarification. The shack at the right was the Verdun Athletic Club.
My guess would be that this photo dates back to the 20s or maybe before as notice that there is no bnoardwalk, just the dyke wich was built at the beginning of the century and was upgraded later on as it was not high enough to stop the floodings of Verdun. It is unfortunate that some of these old photos we have at the SHGV do not have dates.
You will notice that on the second photo, the boardwalk is installed so would have to be of a later date.