Essex CountyOld PhotographsSchools

New Amherstburg School - 1922

General Amherst High School – 1922 The original section of what is today’s General Amherst High School, is located on Laird St, near Fort Malden. The school has since been expanded around the original section, and is due to be replaced, with plans recently announced for the long anticipated replacement school. The school was designed by architect Harold McEvers. McEvers is an…
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Hofer Brewery - Front Rd - Lasalle

Hofer Brewery under construction, January, 1928 I had an inquiry recently about this building, as it is one of the ones from the old site, that had images lost over the years. I had a quick look and dug up some photos of the place. As I have no notes to indicate the…
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Amherst Distillers Office - c. 1927

Today is a view of the offices of the Amherst Distillers. I am assuming that this place was the factory that today is known as Diageo Canada? As I have said many times, my Essex County knowlege is minimal, so tell me readers, who knows anything about this place? I’m…
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Boblo Block House

Originally built in 1839 the block house at the southern end of Boblo Island has recently been rededicated following a four year restoration by area volunteers. There is a Ontario Historical Marker on the island that reads as follows: Following the evacuation of the British military post at Detroit in 1796, a new establishment was commenced opposite here on the site of Amherstburg, and two…
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Essex Police Department

© Photo from the Bernie Drouillard Collection While Bernie Drouillard is better known here for his extensive transit history images, he also once passed along to me a collection of shots from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s of local Police cars. From his collection here’s a shot taken in September 1990, of an old Town of Essex Police Car, back in the pre OPP days. Have a…
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Mettawas Hotel - Kingsville - 1889

A neat view of the Mettawas Casino from the Mason & Rice archives. Built on the edge of Lake Erie in Kingsville this massive hotel was built in 1889 and demolished in the 1902 over a tax dispute between the owner and the town of Kingsville. Quite the impressive…
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Kingsville Station - 1899

A nice old photo from the Mason & Rice archives. The station in Kingsville was designed by Mason & Rice and built in 1888 as part of the Lake Erie, Essex and Detroit River Railway which was built by Hiram Walker. Although the railway is now long gone, the station…