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579 Church

Scene of an intentionally set fire earlier this week, 579 Church is probably not long for this world. These photos above date from 2002, and in the last 13 years, the house has suffered from a lack of maintenance and care, but was still a great old Queen Anne style house. Built about 1885, it stood on Church Street, just north of Wyandotte for about 130 years. Sadly, some moron set the place…
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Hiram Walker & Sons Front Entrance - c 1892

A detail shot from the archives of Mason & Rice, showing the front entrance on Riverside Drive today, of the Hiram Walker & Sons headquarters. It’s amazing how little this building has changed in 123 years. One of the few things in Windsor that hasn’t…
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Downtown Renovations

While walking downtown along Ouellette the other day, I saw a few renovations in full swing. The old kiddie bar Voodoo is being renovated, the crappy facade has been peeled away, and upper windows, long covered up have been revealed. Hopefully the new plans involve keeping…
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Last Days of the Tunnel Bar-B-Q

As everyone knows the Tunnel Bar-B-Q property was purchased by the University of Windsor as part of their new downtown campus. The property is to be redeveloped, and a new school building will rise on its site. The other day I noticed that the street between the Tunnel Bar-B-Q and the Armouries (Freedom Way) has been closed, and the fencing is going up around the building. It won’t be long…
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Hiram Walker Staff - 1893

From the Mason & Rice archives, comes this great shot of the entire staff (I’m assuming just the office staff) of Hiram Walker & Sons, gathered on the lawn behind the office on Riverside Drive in 1893. There’s an impressive array of mustaches on…
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One Fare - Walkerville & Detroit Ferry Co - c 1925

To close out this mini series of posts of old transit tickets, is this one for the Walkerville – Detroit ferry. The Walkerville – Detroit ferry was established by the Walker’s to ease getting to their distillery. The journey from the Windsor Ferry Docks to the distillery in Walkerville was one that Hiram Walker felt was too long and too difficult. So the ferry to Walkerville was…
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