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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 17 dating from 1955 to 1959. 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 3: Historical King's Highway 17 Photographs (1955 to 1959)


HWY 17 #582

Above - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards Earls Lake from the scenic lookout 4 miles west of Mattawa (ca. 1955)
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 17 #87

Above - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards the Hwy 29 Junction near Arnprior (ca. 1957)
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 17 #61             HWY 17 #217

Left - Oversized loads on Hwy 17 at Deep River in 1957. The trucks are hauling components for the Rolphton Power Plant.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)

Right - Wolf River Bridge on Hwy 17 between Dorion and Hurkett (September 25, 1957)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-5-166, Photo #914-57, AO6881)

The original Wolf River Bridge on Hwy 17 was a timber through truss bridge, similar in design to the famous Sioux Narrows Bridge on Hwy 71. The main through truss span was 90 feet (28 metres) in length. The Wolf River Bridge was completed in 1937. Unfortunately, the eastern approach to this bridge was narrow and winding and a new alignment was eventually built which bypassed the wooden bridge entirely. The current Wolf River Bridge was completed in 1959 and the old wooden bridge seen here was subsequently demolished. The approaches to the former Wolf River Bridge can still be found today in the forest just to the north of the current highway. See an Enlarged Photo Here.





HWY 17 #549

Above - Construction of the Little Pic River Bridge on Hwy 17 near Marathon. The steel deck truss portion of the bridge was about 50% complete when this photo was taken in September, 1957. Until the permanent bridge was completed in 1958, Hwy 17 traffic used a temporary Bailey Bridge located a short distance upstream of the permanent bridge site.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1957)





HWY 17 #548

Above - Compacting granular base on Hwy 17 near the Agawa River north of Sault Ste. Marie (1958)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)





HWY 17 #546             HWY 17 #547

Left - Roadside park and picnic area on Hwy 17 at Muskrat Lake near Cobden (1958)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)

Right - Heavy grading and rock cut on the Cavers Hill Diversion near Rossport (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)





HWY 17 #550             HWY 17 #551

Left - Construction crew laying hot-mix asphalt on Hwy 17 near White River (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)

Right - Grading operations on a new section of Hwy 17 north of the Agawa River (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)





HWY 17 #552

Above - Large rock cut and fill on Hwy 17 at Agawa Hill (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)

The photo above illustrates some of the difficult terrain that was encountered when building the Trans-Canada Highway around the northern and eastern shores of Lake Superior. Grading the Agawa Hill section of Hwy 17 took several years to complete. The path for the new highway was notched out of a nearly vertical rock face. The difference in elevation between the bottom of this rock fill and the top of the rock cut is about 180 feet (55 metres).





HWY 17 #985             HWY 17 #553

Left - View of Chippewa Falls and the Chippewa River Bridge on Hwy 17, north of Sault Ste. Marie (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)

Right - Aerial view of the completed Michipicoten River Bridge on Hwy 17 south of Wawa in 1959, taken about one year prior to the highway's opening. Compare this 1959 photo to the 1960 photo below, which shows the highway after paving operations were completed and the highway was opened to traffic.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)





HWY 17 #968

Above - Construction of the White Lake Narrows Bridge on Hwy 17 between Marathon and White River in 1959. Note the ferry operating in the background. For a few years in the late 1950s, the Department of Highways operated a ferry service for Hwy 17 traffic across White Lake. Once the new White Lake Narrows Bridge was completed and opened to traffic in 1960, the ferry service was suspended. The two former ferry docks are still visible today along the shores of White Lake. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)





HWY 17 #975

Above - Aerial view of the Barrett River Bridge construction site on Hwy 17 in Lake Superior Provincial Park (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)





HWY 17 #544             HWY 17 #545

Left - New Hwy 17 Bridge over the River Aux Sables in Massey (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)

Right - 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)





HWY 17 #207

Above - New Winnipeg River Bridge under construction on Hwy 17 west of Kenora (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)




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