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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 11 dating from 1960 to 1969. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 4: Historical King's Highway 11 Photographs (1960 to 1969)


HWY 17 #1038

Above - Postcard view of Cumberland Street (Hwy 11 & Hwy 17) in Downtown Port Arthur in 1960, facing north towards the Hwy 11A & Hwy 17A Junction. This wonderful photo shows a busy downtown street scene at Cumberland Street and Arthur Street (today's Red River Road). Prior to the construction of the Lakehead Expressway (today's Thunder Bay Expressway) in the late 1960s, all east-west through traffic had to pass through Port Arthur on either Hwy 11 & Hwy 17 or the signed alternate route via Hwy 11A & Hwy 17A. This 1960 photo was taken shortly after the Hwy 11 designation was extended westerly from the route's former terminus at Nipigon. Note the newly-installed dual Hwy 11 & Hwy 17 route markers on the green pole at left. It is also interesting to note that The Camera Shop, whose staff photographers captured some of the most important highway construction achievements in Northwestern Ontario's history, is located across the street behind the red city bus. From the 1930s up until about 1960, The Camera Shop published hundreds of photographs of Northwestern Ontario's highways as souvenir postcards for tourists, some of which are featured on my website. Today, these souvenir postcards offer historians a unique historical perspective into the development of the area's highway network. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Alex Wilson Publications Ltd.)





HWY 11 #410

Above - Postcard view of Hwy 11 at Beaver Creek Hill south of Gravenhurst (ca. 1960)
(Photo courtesy of Sterling Photos, Cornwall, ON)

Compare this circa 1960 photo with my 2006 photo, taken from the same location showing the current four-lane divided highway.





HWY 11 #671             HWY 11 #672

Left - Approaching "Gasoline Alley" on Hwy 11 north of Barrie in 1961, facing north towards Orillia. This photo shows the newly-widened four-lane section of Hwy 11 between Barrie and Orillia, which was completed in 1960. Note the painted median between the northbound and southbound lanes, which was introduced as an additional safety feature on this highway. It is believed that this was the first example of a painted median used on a multi-lane highway in Ontario. The painted median on this section of Hwy 11 was replaced with a box-beam median barrier in 1977. Photo taken in September, 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Western side of the Willow Creek Bridge on Hwy 11 at "Gasoline Alley" north of Barrie. Structure completed in 1954. Photo taken in September, 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 11 #657             HWY 11 #658

Left - Eastern side of the Hwy 11B (Laclie Street) Underpass on Hwy 11 in Orillia (September, 1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 11 from the Hwy 11B (Laclie Street) Interchange on the Orillia Bypass (September, 1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 11 #656

Above - Western side of the Hwy 11B (Laclie Street) Underpass on Hwy 11 in Orillia (September 20, 1962)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 11 #663             HWY 11 #662

Left - Facing south along Hwy 11 towards the Memorial Avenue (Hwy 11B) Interchange in Orillia (September, 1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 11B (Memorial Avenue) at the Hwy 11 Interchange on the Orillia Bypass (September, 1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 11 #48

Above - Aerial photo of the Noden (Rainy Lake) Causeway under construction near Fort Frances (ca. 1963)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Department of Travel & Publicity  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1963)





HWY 11 #1068             HWY 11 #1069

NEW Left - Grading the Tri-Town Bypass (Hwy 11) near New Liskeard (1963)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1963)

NEW Right - Hwy 65 Underpass nearing completion on the Hwy 11 Tri-Town Bypass west of New Liskeard (1963)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1963)





HWY 11 #1070

NEW Above - Excavating a rock cut on a new section of Hwy 11, about 20 miles east of Fort Frances (1963)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1963)





HWY 11 #1067             HWY 11 #1065

NEW Left - Resurfacing a section of Hwy 11 north of the Hwy 67 Junction near Iroquois Falls (1963)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1963)

NEW Right - Reconstruction of Hwy 11 east of Val Albert (1964)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1964)





HWY 11 #1064             HWY 11 #1063

NEW Left - Removal of broken pavement on Hwy 11 east of Val Albert (1964)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1964)

NEW Right - Heavy grading on a new section of Hwy 11 about 30 miles west of Atikokan (1964)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1964)





HWY 11 #1066

NEW Above - Aerial view of the Bear Passage Bridge under construction on Hwy 11, 23 miles east of Fort Frances (1964)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1964)





HWY 90 #5

Above - Postcard view of Dunlop Street in Barrie at the Junction of Hwy 11, Hwy 27 & Hwy 90 (ca. 1965)
(Photo courtesy of Stewart Wholesale Co. Ltd.)





HWY 11 #928

Above - Facing south along the Orillia Bypass (Hwy 11) at the Hwy 12 & Hwy 12B Cloverleaf in 1965. This early photo shows the original eight-ramp cloverleaf at Hwy 12 & Hwy 12B (Coldwater Road) on the Orillia Bypass. The completion of the cloverleaf in 1956 allowed through traffic on Hwy 11 to access both Hwy 12 West to Midland and Downtown Orillia via Hwy 12B (Coldwater Road). Note the old British-American Oil fuel tanker truck heading southbound towards Barrie in the background. The Hwy 12 & Hwy 12B Cloverleaf was removed during a highway reconstruction project in 2002. It was replaced with a standard six-ramp "Parclo A-4" Interchange. Although it was rehabilitated as part of this reconstruction project, the original 1956 overpass structure still stands today. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in October, 1965.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 11 #661

Above - Southern side of the Hwy 11B (Memorial Avenue) Overpass on Hwy 11 in Orillia (July 11, 1966)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)




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