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by 1867, the city was the fourth largest in Canada. The most catastrophic fire in the city's history came in 1877, resulting in the loss of some 1,600 homes and businesses. Many of the structures were
rebuilt and are still standing today, contributing to the city's Victorian character. By the 1950s, historic structures began to disappear in the name of progress, and a huge urban renewal development was
carried out in the 1960s. Saint John: 1877-1980 highlights the many changes the city has seen over the years, through photographs of its neighbourhoods, play places, tourist attractions, and residents.
East Saint John
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on today in the Lancaster Mall and the Lancaster Centennial Arena, as well as in the names of local sports teams.
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Saint John West:
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Saint John's North End:
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captured before the Indiantown Fire of 1899--all are rare and depict a heartfelt appreciation for the North End. Each page turn invites readers to experience a taste of nostalgia. We go to work at the Snowflake Lime Kiln, visit the Community Market, take in a movie at the Regent Theater, or go to Splanes to buy a fishing reel. Readers get reacquainted with some familiar faces like Oakie O'Connor or Carl White. Family and children are not forgotten, as we look at Joe Logan's new tricycle, or watch as every kid on Wellsley Avenue goes bike riding. Come venture into Rockwood Park to see the bear cage, or go swimming at Lily Lake. Watch Solly's hockey team battle against the Atlantic All Stars at the Forum, or relive the excitement of a ball game at St. Peters Park.
Saint John West and its Neighbours
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Together David Goss and Fred Miller guide us through the city's vibrant past: the events, industries, places, and people which have defined Saint John West over the decades. Photographs show the arrival of the railway, the flood of new immigrants, the development of the harbour, and the growth of the shipping industry. We see how significantly working conditions have changed over the decades for fishermen, foundry workers, and other local people. We see how much the local landscape has changed, with pictures of buildings both familiar and long gone and bustling streets such as King Street, Protection Street, and Union Street complete with drugstores, chowder houses, saloons, and other local landmarks no longer with us. The images capture catastrophes such as the Waterfront Fire of 1931 and celebrations such as parades and festivals. Most of all, they preserve and honour the lives of the ordinary people of Saint John West: streetcar drivers, firemen, harbour workers, fishermen, store owners, tipplers, schoolchildren, and foundry workers, amongst many others. We see how buildings, technology, fashions, and lifestyles have changed while a sense of community and a zest for life among local residents has remained constant over the decades.