By John David Hamilton
Winnipeg was once Canada's first very important urban within the west and was once the availability element for different prairie towns like Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, or even distant Vancouver. It exploded from a village of 2,700 humans in 1877 to a completely glossy city of 100,000 in precisely thirty years and through then had a school, newspapers, publishing agencies, an immense theatre, and a colourful mass of immigrants who flooded in to open up the West. growing to be Winnipeg was once served with paddle-wheelers at the pink River, purple River ox carts, a Canadian-owned railway to St. Paul, Minnesota, and at last the CPR linking Montreal with the west coast. A Winnipeg Album is a pictorial effect of Winnipeg's vibrant, dramatic, and comparatively short background, compiled and with observation by means of John David Hamilton and Bonnie Dickie. Over 100 lovely black-and-white images list the early days of the town and hint the various dramatic occasions that made Winnipeg "Canada's Chicago."
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As respectable families began building in west central Winnipeg, so began a howl of outrage against the working girls. Finally, the police tried to restrict prostitution to an area with fewer respectable citizens to complain. They found it east of the CPR station in a loop of the Red River called Point Douglas. Point Douglas before the hookers (1900). PAM - Winnipeg Views Collection - N4551 47 WINNIPEG T HE GAS WORKS filled the area between the CPR station and Annabella, where there were houses on one side and gas works on the other.
Saloons sprang up everywhere, and the grifters supplied games of chance where the immigrants and farm workers could lose their pay. No women were allowed in the saloons, but thousands of males bellied up to the bar for rotgut and beer. Prostitution was another matter: it was as old as the city — at first being practised in shacks and tents near the corner of Portage and Main — then moved a mile or so west on Portage Avenue. As respectable families began building in west central Winnipeg, so began a howl of outrage against the working girls.
But my childish imagination was inaccurate: the early executions took place a few 54 blocks away at the jail, and even those ceased when the jail was moved to the suburb of Headingly. When I was a sports writer on the Free Press, the night city editor assigned a young and innocent cub reporter to cover an execution that was to occur at Headingly at midnight. When he came back I saw him typing away industriously and asked him about it. He looked at me with ingenuous blue eyes and replied: "Gee, it was a swell party!
A Winnipeg Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by John David Hamilton