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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 129. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order, while present day photographs (Year 2000 to date) are arranged by location from south to north. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Historical King's Highway 129 Photographs


HWY 129 #1             HWY 129 #2

Left - Postcard view of the Mississagua River Road (now Hwy 129), facing south in 1926
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)

Right - Postcard view of an early motorist on the Mississagua River Road (now Hwy 129) in 1926
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 129 #3             HWY 129 #4

Above Photos - First car to use the Thessalon-Chapleau Highway on January 28, 1949. The first vehicle through was driven by T.J. Godfrey (left) and Mac McGuinty (right)

(Photos courtesy of the Woods & Randle Families)





HWY 129 #6

Above - View of the Thessalon-Chapleau Highway (Hwy 129), 15 miles north of Thessalon (1951)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 129 #5

Above - View of Mississagi River and the Thessalon-Chapleau Highway (Hwy 129) in 1952
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1952)





HWY 17 #545

Above - Junction of Hwy 17 and Hwy 129 in Thessalon, facing west (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)


Present Day King's Highway 129 Photographs


HWY 129 #7 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 129 #8 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 129 from Hwy 554 Junction north of Thessalon. The mileage sign at right indicates that it is nearly 200 km to Chapleau. This highway passes through a vast unpopulated region of forests and lakes. It is also one of the loneliest King's Highways in Ontario, with a daily traffic volume of approximately 300 vehicles per day.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Motorists who are not intimidated by long and desolate highways will be rewarded with spectacular scenery along Hwy 129. Here, the highway hugs the beautiful Mississagi River on its long journey north to Chapleau. Road enthusiasts will find Hwy 129 very interesting, due to its unique design features and rugged northern setting.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 129 #9 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 129 #10 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The narrow highway right-of-way along the Mississagi River has dictated some less-than-ideal highway geometry in places. This very steep vertical grade might surprise an inattentive motorist. This section of Hwy 129 was never really upgraded after its initial construction. It still resembles a low-volume secondary highway as opposed to a King's Highway.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Looking down the vertical grade on Hwy 129. This vertical grade more or less follows the original ground line and therefore does not have a parabolic profile. Parabolic shaped vertical curves are used on all new highways to avoid situations like this one, where the highway ahead suddenly disappears from the motorist's view as the vehicle reaches the crest of the hill. While this steep grade is certainly not ideal, the traffic volumes on Hwy 129 are so low that it probably doesn't pose much of a problem. Compare this photo to the 1952-dated photo above, which was taken from the top of the same hill 55 years earlier.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 129 #11 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 129 #12 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 129 towards Chapleau along the Mississagi River. The winding narrow lanes and coarse asphalt seen on Hwy 129 are typically found on secondary highways and are rarely seen on King's Highways.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south towards Thessalon from the Rapid River Bridge on Hwy 129. The centreline of the highway stops just before the one-lane structure.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 129 #13 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 129 #14 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Rapid River Bridge on Hwy 129, facing north towards Chapleau
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Former bridge abutments at the Rapid River. The original 1920s structure was replaced by the Bailey Bridge at right in the 1980s.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 129 #15 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 129 #16 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south towards Thessalon at the Rapid River Bridge. One lane bridges on the King's Highways are very rare and are normally controlled by traffic signals. However, this narrow bridge does not present a very dangerous situation, given the low traffic volumes on Hwy 129.
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the timber decking on the Rapid River Bridge on Hwy 129 north of Thessalon
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 129 #17 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Facing north towards Chapleau from the Rapid River Bridge on Hwy 129
(Photograph taken on July 17, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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