Archive Photos of the Day: September in Vancouver

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Historically, the month of September has had its share of milestones and events in Vancouver. Everything from the disastrous “Great Fire” in New Westminster to the opening of Rogers Arena in 1995, the formation of The Vancouver Board of Trade in 1887, and the dedication of the steam-clock in Gastown on September 24, 1977. Today’s collection of images from the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives is a roundup of historic scenes from around the region throughout many Septembers past.

September 1898

On September 10th British Columbia’s first capital and the oldest city in western Canada, New Westminster, was devastated by fire.

1898: Columbia Street. Archives# Out P365. Photographer: Thompson.

Archives# Out P1041.2 & Out P363. Photographer: Thompson.

September 1901

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visit Vancouver.

1901: The Duke and Duchess in a carriage pulled by eight horses. Archives# CVA 677-983.
Photographer: Philip Timms.

1901: Crowd gathered at Hastings and Cambie for the Duke and Duchess. Archives# CVA 677-979. Photographer: Philip Timms.

September 1909

There was a line-up down Granville to purchase lots in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood from the CPR. In the photo below, the CPR station is on the site of our current Waterfront Station.

1909: Archives# CVA 677-526. Photographer: Philip T. Timms.

September 1912

The Duke and Duchess of Connaught visited Vancouver. It was tradition to build an arch to welcome distinguished guests to town and the photo below is of a Lumbermen’s Arch at Pender and Hamilton. Side note: This was before a permanent Lumberman’s Arch was erected in Stanley Park.

1912: Vancouver City Mounted Police. Archives# CVA 677-502. Photographer: W.J. Eggett.

September 1925

The Harding Memorial was unveiled in Stanley Park. He had a special place in locals’ hearts as he was the first sitting President to come to Vancouver (in 1923).

1925: Copyright photo by the Gowen-Sutton Company Limited. Archives# CVA 677-280.

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