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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Walkerville: 1900

Walkerville: 1900

Walkerville, Ontario, circa 1900. "Warehouses from R.R., Walker distillery." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

W = Whistle

The "W" sign is to signal engines to sound their whistle for the grade crossing.

Interior VIew

I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned this interior view of one of these warehouses posted here last fall. I think it is more impressive than the exterior view.

I live here

I live just a few blocks from here. From the details, the picture is taken looking west at Walker Road, which crosses the railway in the foreground. The tracks in the foreground are tracks of the Great Western Railway (later Grand Trunk and then Canadian National). The double set of tracks on the far left and background belonged to the railway that Hiram Walker built and owned that went out into Essex County and south to Lake Erie. The photograph was taken on the location of today's Windsor Via Rail station. The warehouses on the left of the tracks have since been replaced by Hiram Walker Distillery but still serve the distillery operation.

Can you smell it?

No clue how many bottles of Canadian Club were stored here. The "Angels' Share" had to be priceless.

Those look familiar

They look just like the underground workers' tenements in "Metropolis." About as generic as a building can be.

Whither Walkerville?

Walkerville is now part of the east side of Windsor, which annexed it in 1935. The Hiram Walker distillery that built the town was where the famous Canadian Club brand originated is still in operation, though now producing mostly under the Wiser's label.

Wow!

Now THAT is a warehouse!

Money!

Would like to have a dime for every brick used in that building!

W

Twenty-odd years later, the fine Walker products destined for a thirsty US were smuggled north across the river to Detroit.

My guess is that the "W" signpost marks the Walkerville yard limit.

I can't recall ever seeing the (red and white?) palings at pedestrian walks before. They could serve a dual function: to let the train crews know where people were supposed to be crossing, and/or to define a safe spot for a pedestrian caught between two trains. On the other hand, they're only between two tracks out of seven that the pedestrian crossing crosses.

Something quickly this way comes

Looks like the ghost of a bicyclist, nearly invisible on the left side of the four tracks.

Canadian Club anyone?

I remember going past the Hiram Walker distillery with my dad once while visiting the Windsor, Ontario, area in the '60s. They were using geese to guard the large storage tanks of whiskey. Apparently geese aren't as easily distracted and they can be even meaner than a junkyard dog.

 
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