Thursday, February 9, 2012

Atwater Bridge 1920 -1925

This photo of the Atwater Bridge dated 1925 should bring back memories for those such as myself who had to go to work and  wait 15. 20 minutes or more for the bridge to reopen. I still remember hearing the boat whistle from my home on Galt avenue each time a boat went by.


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Les F said...

I went over all those bridges either as a kid in my oldmans car,or later as a young adult,(although the wellington tunnel was in play by then) Our shop was situated close to the harbour & consequently I travelled the area quite often,& played as a kid near the Blacks Bridge, Seigneur St bridge ,etc etc ..I have posted pictures over the years of most of theses areas,I may still have some somewhere.Remember the tunnel's were big improvements to traffic flow,Wellington Tunnel. Atwater Tunnel, StRemi............yes the whole route along the Lachine Canal was dotted with history,great old bridges ,either swing type ,but mostly cantilever types,with the exception of the train bridge beside the Wellington tunnel which was a full center span lift.......
Interesting post Guy,.thanks for the memory spark.. Cheers ! HF&RV - Les

Wayne Brien said...

Not only did you wait for the bridge, you got to breathe in the fumes from the Sherwin Williams paint plant

Guy Billard said...

The second photo indicates that it is the St Henry Bridge wich I believe is the name of the Charlebois street bridge. The bridges where quite similar.
Talking about the Sherwin Williams paint plant, remember the globe with a can of paint pouring over it wich was overhead of Atwater street. I wish I could find a photo of that sign.

Les F said...

Here is one of the Wellington Street bridge,.there was also a bridge called Black's Bridge which was the first one near the Montreal end of the canal,it crossed the canal from Commune to Mill ST (or once known as Common St. )I have an old photo looking towards the city from Blacks'sBrdige actually looking right at the Black's Bridge Tavern,this was very close to my old mans shop,closer still to J&R Weir ship repair shop,which my oldman also worked in ,as did many of the oldmans freinds from those days.....I road a bicycle all around that area,which by the way were mostly cobble stone streets,and bumpy too,with the train tracks that ran through the area,being a daring (stupid) kid at the time ,a few of us would see how close to the train we could stand as it rolled passed us......Yikes how's that for stupid.I will try to find other pics,but here is this one for now.

....Cheers, HF&RV - Les

Les F said...

I think I posted one of the Sherwin sign many years back on the old MSN site ,
the caption under the paint can on the billboard was Sherwin-Williams motto,
"Cover the Earth" hence the paint can spilling over the globe....The building is now ....whatelse,.Condos I will try to locate that old picture again....HF&RV _ Les

Les F said...

I will post the old Sherwin Williams sign ,soon,............................HF&RV -Les

pauline garneau said...

Is this the one you are looking for??

Les F said...

That is certainly their logo:& was on the sign of their buillding in Point St Charles many years ago. Here you can make out the sign on top of the old building in the background.

Try clicking on the photo's to enlarge them (not sure if that will help) but you can make out the old building & see the sign on the rooftop.
Cheers ! HF&RV .......-Les

Guy Billard said...

If that's the S.W. sign in the background, the building would be the S.W. manufacturing plant. However, I am trying to orient myself. Where was the Bailey bridge situated ? Seems to me we have photos at the society of a bailey bridge situated near the Côte St Paul Bridge wich appeared to be for training the army engineers. Also, notice that the bridge appears to be at the end of a pit so it is not necessarely over the Lachine Canal. Atwater street would have to be nearby, was it behind the building ? So many unsaswered questions.

Les F said...

Hi Guy, the info that came with the photo,said it was at the Acqueduc property,and Geographically it makes sense when seen from above,mentally it's hard to picture. However I uused to get off the bus,just before it headed towards the atwater tunnel,and the SW plant was directly ahead of me, I then walked through a parking lot,angled away from the direction of the SW plant,so I could work in my Dad's shop on Mullins street.
I have included a google map link,& if you play around with it by turning the direction full circle ,you will see both the Sherwin williams plant (now with a blue sign on the roof)probably an ad for condos,then go direcly opposite that building (behind you sort of) & you will see towers in the background, zoom in on that (use your wheel mouse to zoom) and you will see the Towers at the Acqueduc buildings.I know it sounds weird,but check it out & you will get your bearings as to where these old photos were taken from...,+Montr%C3%A9al,+Communaut%C3%A9-Urbaine-de-Montr%C3%A9al,+Qu%C3%A9bec+H3K&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=45.474792,-73.572596&spn=0.000839,0.001124&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=25.098398,36.826172&geocode=FbX6tQIdhnmd-w&hnear=Rue+Centre,+Montr%C3%A9al,+Qu%C3%A9bec&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=45.474845,-73.572345&panoid=oLm9kkNMqSvIXV8nkFeEkw&cbp=12,189.05,,0,-5.16
....Good Luck .....HF&RV........-Les