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Eckville

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Eckville gets its name from A. E. T. Eckford, a pioneer citizen. Eckville relocated to its current location in 1912, after the Canadian Northern Railway completed its local line. The current location on the Canadian Northern Railway was briefly known as Kootuk, but the name Eckville prevailed. Eckville was incorporated as a village in 1921 and became a town in 1966.

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Then and Now Photos

Cowen's Hardware Cowen's Hardware
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Cowen's Hardware -

Cowen's Hardware Store doubles as a gas station, with a gas pump and a number of oil barrels are situated in front of the store.

An Early Restaurant An Early Restaurant
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An Early Restaurant -

Men, women, and children pose for a photo on the front porch of one of Eckville's early restaurants.

The Legion The Legion
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The Legion -

Eckville's branch of the Royal Canadian Legion No. 156.

General Store General Store
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General Store -

Several men stand on the wooden sidewalk in front of the general store that advertises a whole range of products.

The Theatre The Theatre
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The Theatre -

Two women stand in front of Eckville's theatre.

The Meat Market The Meat Market
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The Meat Market -

This building has variously served as a meat market, bank, and now is home to the Friendship Club. It's been moved here, across from the baseball diamond, from its original site and renovated and expanded.

Muddy 50th St. Muddy 50th St.
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Muddy 50th St. - 1936

A view towards the train station on 50th Street, giving a great view of how the CPR station was once the central focus of the town.

The Hotel The Hotel
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The Hotel -

A close-up of the main hotel that once stood on this corner. It was destroyed in the fire of 1928, but a new hotel rose from the ashes in the years that followed.

Winter on 50th Street Winter on 50th Street
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Winter on 50th Street - ca. 1920s

A wintertime view of the east side of 50th Street shortly before fire would consume most of these buildings.

Aftermath of a Fire Aftermath of a Fire
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Aftermath of a Fire - 1928

In 1928 flames engulfed much of the east side of 50th Street, Eckville's commercial thoroughfare. The damage was considerable, but as we can see the town has since rebuilt.

Rebuilding After the Fire Rebuilding After the Fire
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Rebuilding After the Fire - 1929

A new hotel rises from the ashes of the old which was destroyed in the fire of 1928.

View from a Train View from a Train
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View from a Train - 1928

A photographer was perched on a train passenger car when they shot this photo of 50th Street. Notice the handcart laden with milk jugs on the platform.

Pedestrians on 50th Pedestrians on 50th
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Pedestrians on 50th - ca. 1970s

People walking down Eckville's main commercial drag.

East Side of Main St. East Side of Main St.
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East Side of Main St. - ca. 1960s

A photograph shows how much cars have proliferated in Eckville, filling much of the street. Many of the buildings on the east side of 50th Street survive to this day.

The Arena Goes Up The Arena Goes Up
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The Arena Goes Up -

Construction of Eckville's arena is underway.

Harness Racing Harness Racing
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Harness Racing -

Two harness racers on their two-wheeled carts (sulkys) zoom past the photographer on an improvised track that's at least partially incorporated the baseball diamond.

Playing Hockey Playing Hockey
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Playing Hockey -

Young hockey players on the rink that once stood on this spot.

Racing Around the Oval Racing Around the Oval
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Racing Around the Oval -

A harness racer zooms past the photographer on Eckville's racing oval.

The First Hospital The First Hospital
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The First Hospital -

This house once served as Eckville's hospital.

First Hospital (Late) First Hospital (Late)
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First Hospital (Late) -

A much more recent shot of the home that once served as Eckville's first hospital.

Eckville's Hospital Eckville's Hospital
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Eckville's Hospital -

A more recent shot of Eckville's hospital.

Macleod's Store Macleod's Store
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Macleod's Store - ca. 1970s

Several people have a conversation outside of Macleod's store, a hardware dealer.

Laying Pipes Laying Pipes
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Laying Pipes -

50th Street has been dug up for laying pipes.

Drawing of the Station Drawing of the Station
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Drawing of the Station -

A sketch of Eckville's CPR station.

Boarded Up Station Boarded Up Station
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Boarded Up Station -

A late view of Eckville's train station taken just before it was demolished, showing it boarded up.


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