Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Abandoned historic U.S. Naval Air Station can be found in Michigan

June 2020 Directly to the south of Detroit, Michigan, is a small general aviation airport that dates back to the early days of naval aviation in the United States. It was here in 1927 that the U.S. Navy Reserve established a training base for naval aviators. Naval Reserve Air Station Grosse Ile was established at …

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The first Tim Hortons restaurant can still be found in Hamilton

June 2020 Tim Hortons is the iconic coffee shop that is often the first stop in the morning for many Canadians as they head off to work. The chain was founded by National Hockey League legend Tim Horton in 1964, with the first restaurant opening at 85 Ottawa Street North in Hamilton, Ontario. Born in …

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Toronto’s railway past – The rusting remains of the CPR West Toronto Junction Depot

May 2020 While trains still run along the Canadian Pacific Railway lines through the Junction area of west Toronto, there is little left to indicate this area once housed a maintenance depot and marshalling yard for the CRP, complete with industrial shops and a roundhouse. The yard dates back to 1882, when the increasing traffic …

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Decline of the family-run resorts in Ontario’s cottage country

May 2020 Generations of families have always enjoyed getting away from the crowded cities and having a leisurely vacation in a relaxed, peaceful and serene environment, perhaps on a lake, with the sound of rustling leaves from tall, mature trees. Residents of eastern New York State have the Catskills, but for generations of Ontarians, the …

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Allandale Train Station – From the era of the grand railway stations

May 2020 Originally built in 1904 as the flagship station of the Grand Trunk Railroad, the station was part of the transportation corridor between Toronto and the GTR’s northern Ontario operations.  Built in the Italianate style, the station was made up of three buildings:  a restaurant portion, a passenger depot and railroad offices.  Historic Places …

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Historic Frank Barber designed bridges in the Greater Toronto Area

May 2020 The Greater Toronto Area has many interesting buildings and structures, including several concrete arch and reinforced concrete bowstring arch bridges, all designed by Engineer Frank Barber in the early 20th century. Three of the Barber-designed bowstring arch bridges stretch across the Humber River as it runs through the City of Vaughan, then known …

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The Fisherman’s Memorial and a historic lighthouse are just two attractions on the Port Dover waterfront

May 2020 The southern Ontario town of Port Dover has been a popular tourist area since the 1920s. Located on the shore of Lake Erie, summer visitors have flocked to the area for generations to enjoy the Port Dover beach, lined with palm trees by the Beach House Restaurant; listen to live music at the …

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A small part of a historic WWII aircraft factory saved for use as a museum

May 2020 Willow Run Bomber Plant The campaign to save a small part of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant near Detroit, Michigan, has succeeded and now the restoration project is underway. While the majority of the 3.5 million square foot World War II bomber plant has been demolished, the 144, 000 square foot roll-out …

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Cleveland monument honours Civil War veterans from Cuyahoga County

April 2020 The Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is a unique war monument. Situated in Public Square in downtown Cleveland, the monument consists of a 125 foot tall black Quincy granite shaft on a large square base of rough-hewn granite blocks, trimmed in sandstone, that houses a memorial hall inside it. Designed by Levi …

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Cleveland Grays Armory – An iconic building that goes back to the days of private militia companies

April 2020 The Grays Armory is an iconic and historic building; one of the oldest buildings in downtown Cleveland that dates back to the days of volunteer private military companies. The Cleveland Grays were formed in August 1837 to provide assistance to civil authorities and for the defence of the city, in light of the …

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