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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 12 dating from 1922 to 1979. 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 1: Historical King's Highway 12 Photographs (1922 to 1979)


HWY 12 #5

Above - Postcard view of the original Hwy 12 Swing Bridge built in the 1920s across Atherley Narrows (ca. 1955)





HWY 12 #6

Above - Aerial postcard view of the old Atherley Narrows Bridge on Hwy 12 south of Orillia (ca. 1960)





HWY 12 #96             HWY 12 #97

NEW Left - Facing west along the newly-completed Coldwater Bypass (Hwy 12) approaching the Coldwater River Bridge in 1961. The completion of the Coldwater Bypass in 1960 shortened the highway distance between Orillia and Waubaushene by almost a half-mile. Photo taken in September, 1961. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Northern side of the Coldwater River Bridge on the Coldwater Bypass (Hwy 12). Photo taken in September, 1961. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #98             HWY 12 #95

NEW Left - Southern side of the Coldwater River Bridge on the Coldwater Bypass (Hwy 12). Photo taken on September 20, 1962. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Sturgeon River Bridge on Hwy 12 between Waubaushene and Victoria Harbour in 1962. This concrete rigid frame structure was completed in 1937. The bridge remained in service until it was replaced by a new structure in 2013. Photo taken on September 20, 1962. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 11 #928

NEW 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 12 #93             HWY 12 #94

NEW Left - Facing east along Hwy 12 towards Waubaushene from the Sturgeon River Bridge in 1967. This wonderful photo shows the two 1960s-era service stations at Sturgeon River. The Shell Station in the foreground still stands today, although it had operated as an independent gasoline retailer from the 1970s up until the 1990s. The British Petroleum (BP) Station seen in the background is no longer in operation. Today, the former service station site is occupied by a pre-owned vehicle dealership. Photo taken in August, 1967. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Southern side of the Sturgeon River Bridge on Hwy 12 west of Waubaushene. Photo taken in August, 1967. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 7 #370

Above - New Lynde Creek Bridge on Hwy 7 & Hwy 12 in Brooklin (October 18, 1971)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 7 #369

Above - Lynde Creek Bridge on Hwy 7 & Hwy 12 in Brooklin, facing north towards Beaverton. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 18, 1971.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 7 #372

Above - Hwy 7 & Hwy 12 in Brooklin, facing south from the Lynde Creek Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on March 23, 1975.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)




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