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Chapter 12: The Southern Cities

12.21: Southern Winnipeg in 1948

This large-scale photo of southern Winnipeg shows very clearly the influence of the long lot system on land holdings and road pattern systems and also illustrates the usefulness of old photos. East of the Red 1 in the St. Vital area narrow fields run back from the river in a west-southwest/east-northeast direction 2. The same influence can be seen west of the river, but some amalgamation of lots has occurred resulting in greater distances between field boundaries and roads.

At the time the photo was taken the area was mainly residential with some small-scale farming. Numerous single-family dwellings are strung out along the roads, especially east of the Red 3. Parks and golf courses occupy a significant percentage of the land, for example, St. Vital Park 4 with a cemetery to the south 5, Dakota Park 6, River Road Park 7, Normand Park 8, and Southwood Golf and Country Club 9. The University of Manitoba campus is located at the neck of a large Red River meander 10 with small experimental plots to the west 11.

Two roads roughly parallel the Red River: in the west is Pembina Highway 12 that becomes PTH 75, and to the east is St. Mary’s Road 13 that becomes PR 200.

The photo is old and illustrates the usefulness of air photos in preserving historical information and detecting changes of land use. For example, much of the area east of the river is now filled in by roads (not following the long lot pattern) and houses. Also Bishop Grandin Boulevard 14 continues west to cross the Red on the Fort Garry Bridge (at 15 on the photo) and joins Pembina Highway just north of its intersection with University Crescent 16. From there it continues west to Kenaston Boulevard (off the photo). St. Vital Shopping Centre 17 is now located southeast of the junction of St. Mary’s Road and Bishop Grandin Boulevard, and University Stadium is located where the experimental plots 11 are located on this photo.

Figure 12.21: Southern Winnipeg in 1948

Figure 12.21: Southern Winnipeg in 1948

Figure 12.21

Vertical air photograph: A11667-98

Flight height: 8,740; lens focal length: 6 inches

Scale: 1:17,000 (approx.)

Date: August 18, 1948

Location: Township 9 and 10; Range 3E

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62H Winnipeg

                    1:50,000 62H/14 Winnipeg