I am still doing research on the Queen's Park that held the 1899 World Meet bicycle races. As strange as it may seem, no one knows exactly where the Queen's Park was situated including some local historians and the city of Verdun. I have been doing research on and off on the subject since I am a member of the SHGV but I have concentrated on the subject in the last couple of months and come to the conclusion that it was situated in the rectangle comprising Wellington, Rielle, Lower Lachine road (LaSalle Blvd) and Gordon as shown in my illustration. Several questions remain unanswered such as:
Where was the house of Ucal-Henri Dandurand situated on Lower Lachine Road. I have discovered that it burnt down on the 19th of October 1901. He was one of the owners and spark plug of the whole project.
When was the race track demolished. It was completed on the 17th of may 1988.
When was the stadium demolished. It seated between 8000 and 12000 people wich is considerable since Verdun had only a population of approximately 2000 people.
Where are the plans of the complex.
Is there a map of Verdun 1899 showing the velodrome.
Are there other photos that have not been publised.
Are there 8mm or 16mm films that where taken.
Hopefully these mysteries will be answered on the fascinating saga of the QUEEN'S PARK velodrome.