Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Surveying the Land
Not only did Hamilton have to deal with the problems of the dense forests, the inlets, False Creek and so on he also had a local landowner named Pratt who refused to go along with Hamilton's plan. Some of our city streets curve and bend.
Not only that. When I initially was walking to the area I am showing today I didn't consult a map. I thought that East 27th Avenue would be right after East 26th. And logically that would be 26 blocks away from East 1st. Not so. Streets here end then start again blocks later. So when I went out yesterday I made sure to consult a map.
I am grateful for Hamilton plotting our city but I wish it had been more logically organized! It might save my feet.
It was built in 1912 and is a simple one and one- half storey L-shaped home. Its atypical farmhouse sitting and room layout shows the more rural nature of South Vancouver at the time. Many residential buildings constructed at the time were Edwardian boxes and Craftsman bungalows.
Here are a few more tidbits about 1930.
That was the year that enrolment at the University of British Columbia, UBC, topped 3,000. I wonder what it is now. A heck of a lot more I bet.
Vancouver shipyards launched the Cora Marie, considered to be the finest wooden hulled vessel built in Coal Harbour. She was originally owned by bakery executive William C. Shelly. Unfortunately the hard times of the Depression led to her being sold to American, Paul F. Johnson. (Remember that name, Cora Marie, because she may very well come up again in other entries.)
1930 was also the year that 200 skeletons were found in the ancient Marpole Midden. Marpole, originally called Eburne after a local shopkeeper, is one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods, settled in the 1860s. But its history goes back much further than that. It is thought that the first residents of that area date back to 3500 B.C.
This was the year that jay walking was banned in Vancouver.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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