Sidewalk stamps and their fans

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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby 00fxd » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:46 pm

Thank you for monitoring this zakman. We look forward to your updates.
Regards, from Penticton,
Frank
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby brandonryan » Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:16 pm

Thanks for the good work zakman and updating all of us.
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby zakman » Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:29 pm

I'm a little late in updating this thread, as promised in the spring. The good news is that the City Roads Department were in fact able to preserve some old sidewalk sections in Hillhurst this past summer, including the section in front of St. Barnabas Church on 12th Street NW. If anyone's interested, I've posted some of the Hillhurst "saves", along with some earlier saves elsewhere, on the "Old Calgary Sidewalk Stamp" Facebook page, found here: http://tinyurl.com/ol5k73p
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby 00fxd » Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:40 pm

Nice "saves".
Thanks again for posting zakman.
According to Jack Peach, Gladstone Road is on an angle because is was a dirt wagon road, well used, so when the time came they just paved it ....
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby zakman » Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:13 pm

Another story about Gladstone Road has it that it was once a First Nations trail, which skirted the north side of an old slough in the Hillhurst area. South of Gladstone in Hillhurst, quite a number of circa 1912 homes have back yards with lower elevations than out front. One possible explanation is that builders in the region were aware of the spring slough risk, and elevated the lot with fill, but only in the portion where the house was to be built. Some new home builders have taken advantage of this topography by building houses with walk-out basements on such properties. Has anyone else heard of this?
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby 00fxd » Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:20 pm

zakman wrote:Another story about Gladstone Road has it that it was once a First Nations trail, which skirted the north side of an old slough in the Hillhurst area. South of Gladstone in Hillhurst, quite a number of circa 1912 homes have back yards with lower elevations than out front. One possible explanation is that builders in the region were aware of the spring slough risk, and elevated the lot with fill, but only in the portion where the house was to be built. Some new home builders have taken advantage of this topography by building houses with walk-out basements on such properties. Has anyone else heard of this?


A first nations trail heading towards the river "ford" [shallow crossing] where the 14th street bridge was eventually built.. 8)
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby Hillhurstheritage » Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:32 pm

hi - I live in Hillhurst Sunnyside and we are looking to add a heritage element to the triangle parks on Gladstone to commemorate the history of the street. Does anyone have further info than what has been posted or any guidance as to where I can look? thanks
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby zakman » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:34 pm

Hillhurstheritage, Have you checked with Carol Stokes at Calgary Corporate Archives? She's not only a great resource person, but is very familiar with HS.
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby newsposter » Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:28 am

Marilyn Williams recently wrote up a heritage Statement of Significance for the City for the area, I believe related to work on the Calgary Main Streets program. I don't have a copy, but it did talk about the history of Gladstone Road in a bit of detail. If you would like to get in touch with Marilyn, send a note to CHI using the Contact Us form and I will connect you. http://www.calgaryheritage.org/ContactFormNew.php

Or if you know Lorna Cordeiro in your community, I am sure she can put you in touch.
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby Hillhurstheritage » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:37 pm

well the irony is that I AM Lorna Cordeiro...and am still asking the question...but yes, I'll speak with Carol and pop into the Glenbow Archives as well. Was hoping someone online would have the answer as there doesn't seem to be a lot of definitive information about Gladstone Road. Thanks anyway!
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby 00fxd » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:46 am

Funny :lol:
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby zakman » Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:15 am

Sorry we weren't able to help, Lorna. I did track down one of my sources for the "slough" story; it was contained in a 1978 document called "Hillhurst-Sunnyside Remembers" by Margaret Tanko. At one time it was- I think- on the HSCA website, but doesn't seem to be there now. There must be someone out there who knows; perhaps someone from the U of C Archaeology Dept familiar with the First Peoples once found in the Calgary region? In the meantime, Carol Stokes at Corporate Archives may have some ideas.
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Re: Sidewalk stamps and their fans

Postby gotommygo » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:19 pm

There are two copies of "Hillhurst-Sunnyside Remembers" by Margaret Tanko at the Calgary Public Library (Central).
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