By John David Hamilton
Winnipeg used to be Canada's first very important urban within the west and was once the availability aspect for different prairie towns like Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, or even far away Vancouver. It exploded from a village of 2,700 humans in 1877 to an absolutely smooth city of 100,000 in exactly thirty years and via then had a college, newspapers, publishing businesses, an enormous theatre, and a colourful mass of immigrants who flooded in to open up the West. transforming into Winnipeg was once served with paddle-wheelers at the pink River, pink 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 influence of Winnipeg's vibrant, dramatic, and comparatively short background, compiled and with observation through John David Hamilton and Bonnie Dickie. Over 100 wonderful black-and-white photos list the early days of town and hint a number of the dramatic occasions that made Winnipeg "Canada's Chicago."
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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. 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.
It was the place for the legislature, the law courts, the university, impressive stone churches, and the first mansions. A. Ashdown, had built his mansion on Broadway. He was the hardware prince who supplied the whole west and soon was to become the mayor and a crony of premiers. Knox Church (Presbyterian). RAM - Foote Collection - N2400 29 WINNIPEG Broadway from on high (1910). RAM - Winnipeg Streets Collection - N4571 30 Glimpses of the Way We Were Ashdown Mansion on Broadway (1900). RAM - Winnipeg Streets Collection N4561 RAM - 31 WINNIPEG B ut very soon the rich began to feel that Broadway was too close to business, to the great unwashed mass of immigrants.
The more "respectable" madams had a classy clientele and filled their parlours with plush furniture and gilded knick-knacks. The only raids were for liquor violations, and some brothels became famous for their prominent customers. Winnipeg had its own Storyville and one Free Press reporter recalled covering a sudden death in an Annabella Street brothel in 1940. A woman approached the investigating police and told them the victim had died of a heart attack. Asked to tell more she said plaintively: "This guy comes in and we go at it.
A Winnipeg Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by John David Hamilton