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Part of the ongoing Vancouver Then and Now Series

Downtown Vancouver

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The original Hudson's Bay Company building on Granville and Georgia. A little less busy then.

Another military parade going down Georgia Street, this time to celebrate Vancouver's Diamond Jubilee - 60th Birthday. The troops are American, possibly from the 2nd Infantry Division. They are riding in M8 Greyhound armoured cars. Here's some fantastic colour footage of the parade. You can see a few trucks with Vancouver veterans of the Boer War in South Africa.

Workers replace streetcar tracks on Granville Street. The last streetcar lines in Vancouver were dismantled in 1958.

Another shot of the workers looking north from Nelson Street. Now our rails run underground!

It doesn't look like particularly easy work.

Looking north down Granville. The first neon signs are just starting to pop up.

Now looking down towards the water from Georgia. The Hudson's Bay Company building is on the right. They drove on the left back then.

The northwest corner of Granville and Georgia.

A photo of some houses that are facing onto Georgia Street, taken from the back. What a view!

The intersection of Cordova, Richards and Water four weeks after the Great Fire of Vancouver in 1886. Clearly, they've wasted no time in rebuilding. The fire was actually started intentionally by someone clearing brush between Main and Cambie Streets, but strong winds fanned the flames out of control and in the space of 25 minutes the conflagration consumed virtually every single building in the small town. Vancouver rebounded spectacularly however, with new buildings going up within four days of the fire.

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