Historical Aerial Photos

1929 Aerial Photo - National Earth Observation Data Framework, Govt. of Canada

1929 Aerial Photo from National Earth Observation Data Framework, Govt. of Canada

Observations

  • There is an east-west path about 1/3 of the way up from the south part of the site which is consistent with a path that still exists in current day;
  • Many other diagonals paths exist on the property;
  • Equal amounts of space are interspersed between forest and open area;
  • Cambridge Street was the through street that connected Crescentwood and River Heights to the southern districts rather than current day Waverley Street (which seemed to exist south of around Hurst Way and Wilkes;
  • Parker Avenue continued through directly to Pembina Highway and beyond with a strong axis;
  • A well-defined strip of cleared land to the south of the forest is evident, likely for a Hydro right-of-way. It is difficult to make out and lines or towers in that area though to the north and crossing of the CN tracks there are some items that are casting fairly long shadows;
  • At this time there were only one or two rail lines in existence;
  • Only a handful of houses are observed around Parker Avenue and to the south as this represented suburban living far past the outreaches of the city limits at the time.

1950 Aerial Photo - National Earth Observation Data Framework, Govt. of Canada

1950 Aerial Photo from National Earth Observation Data Framework, Govt. of Canada

Observations

  • Cambridge St. is still utilized as the main through street though it is now cut off by about 10 lines of railway tracks;
  • Parker Avenue continues in a straight line far to the west; It also connects through to Pembina Highway to the east as a major street;
  • A distinctive diagonal path can be observed through the forest to the west (SE to NW direction);
  • In much of the central grassland areas of the site, light coloured cows can be seen to be grazing;
  • There are a couple farm buildings plus barn and pens along Parker Avenue between Daniel and Derek St. (which confirms what was found on Henderson Directory as well). There is another pen to the north of Heatherdale;
  • Within the Parker Lands boundary to the east, railway tie storage and other goods can be observed south of the curved tracks;
  • There are hydro lines and towers present in the open fields to the south of the forest and grasslands; Some lines could be crossing the site from north of the tracks as well;
  • Only some parts to the east of the Beaumont Community are developed at this time;
  • The forest to the east of the site is quite pronounced (current day oak trees).

1962 Aerial Photo - National Earth Observation Data Framework, Govt. of Canada

1962 Aerial Photo from National Earth Observation Data Framework, Govt. of Canada

 

Observations

  • Parker Avenue still connects directly through to Pembina at this time;
  • Homes on the north side of Parker Avenue are starting to fill in;
  • The barn at 1164 Parker Avenue is now gone;
  • The storage/marshalling yards on the east side of the Parker Lands have now been removed (only see remnants of paths);
  • Hydro lines are seen crossing through the Parker Lands property from north of the tracks; there also appear to be more towers and lines in the current hydro corridor that runs east-west (just north of Parker Avenue);
  • There are still approximately 8 marshalling lines and two travel tracks to the north of the site;
  • The ground in the central part of the site still looks fairly level and flat;
  • There is a very wide clearing of a path (approx. 50’) through the forest running north-south where the water main line currently exists. It appears that some type of live stock is also present along the central part of this path;
  • A clear diagonal pathway can still be observed through the forest to the west;
  • There is now a distinct access road (for rail?) on the west edge of the property;
  • Waverley St. has been opened as the main north-south connector through the neighbourhoods;
  • There is forest to the west of the CN access road where current Humane Society exists;
  • The forest to the east of the site is quite pronounced (current day oak trees north of Heatherdale).
  • First appearance of the reservoirs to the east of Waverley and south of Hurst Way.

1977 Aerial Photo - National Earth Observation Data Framework, Govt. of Canada

1977 Aerial Photo from National Earth Observation Data Framework, Govt. of Canada

Observations

  • There are several more rail lines to the north of the Parker Lands property than existed in the 1920’s and 30’s. There appear to be 8 marshalling tracks for rail car storage as well as 2 active tracks to the south of those and closest to the Parker property;
  • There looks to be a fairly dense forest in the location to the west of Parker Lands where the current day storage facility is located – to the north of the Humane Society;
  • There is no development on west side of Waverley Street at this time. Just a few years later Linden Woods was developed;
  • Parker Avenue still extended east to Pembina but no longer connected directly through. It terminated in a roundabout just before reaching Pembina Highway;
  • Parker also no longer continues directly west but rather turns to the north and links up with Hurst Way;
  • Many pedestrian paths are evident throughout the entire forest to the west. There is still as strong north-south path on the western side of the site, likely to provide access to where a water main exists.