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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 23 from Elginfield to Listowel. 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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Page 1: Historical King's Highway 23 Photographs


HWY 23 #1

Above - Grading operations on Hwy 23, 7 1/2 miles south of Kirkton. Photo taken on August 26, 1949.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1949)





HWY 23 #78

NEW Above - Completed resurfacing contract on Hwy 23, facing north from Mitchell (1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1970)





HWY 83 #27

Above - Hwy 83 and Hwy 23 King's Highway route markers at Russeldale in 1996. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Roger Fox  -  © 1996)


Present Day King's Highway 23 Photographs (Elginfield to Listowel)


HWY 23 #15 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #16 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 23 at the Fish Creek Bridge south of Kirkton. Fish Creek crosses Hwy 23 three times in the Kirkton area.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the Fish Creek Bridge on Hwy 23 south of Kirkton. This single-span concrete rigid frame structure was completed in 1937.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #17 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #18 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Fish Creek Bridge on Hwy 23 south of Kirkton.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the steel and concrete handrail design of the Fish Creek Bridge on Hwy 23 south of Kirkton.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #11 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #12 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Eastern side of the Fish Creek Bridge on Hwy 23 in Kirkton.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 23 at the Fish Creek Bridge in Kirkton.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #13 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #14 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south towards Elginfield along Hwy 23 across the Fish Creek Bridge in Kirkton.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the handrail design of the Fish Creek Bridge in Kirkton, showing the decorative embossed concrete features.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #10 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #9 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Fish Creek Bridge on Hwy 23 in Kirkton. This single-span concrete rigid frame structure was completed in 1937.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the Fish Creek Bridge on Hwy 23 north of Kirkton, facing north towards Mitchell.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #4 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #3 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Fish Creek Bridge on Hwy 23 north of Kirkton. This single-span concrete rigid frame structure was completed in 1938.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 23 towards Mitchell at the Fish Creek Bridge north of Kirkton.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #5 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #6 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 23 towards Kirkton at the Fish Creek Bridge.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Embossed features on the concrete handrail of the Fish Creek Bridge located north of Kirkton on Hwy 23.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #7 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #8 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Eastern side of the Fish Creek Bridge on Hwy 23 north of Kirkton. This bridge was in an advanced state of deterioration at the time this photo was taken. The structure was replaced in late 2003.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 23 towards Kirkton at the Fish Creek Bridge.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #19 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #61 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Flat Creek Bridge on Hwy 23 north of Kirkton. This structure was constructed in 1937, but was recently rehabilitated. Unfortunately, the old steel and concrete handrails were removed and replaced by these mundane concrete barrier handrails.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction assembly and destination guide signs at the Hwy 23 & Hwy 83 Junction at Russeldale, south of Mitchell. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #53 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #54 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 23 approaching the Hwy 83 Junction (now Perth Line 20) at Russeldale. The small community of Russeldale was bypassed by a small diversion around the western side of the community in 1939, in order to eliminate two turns in the original route of Hwy 23. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 23 towards Mitchell from the Hwy 83 Junction at Russeldale. The original alignment of Hwy 23 through Russeldale can be seen approaching the current route of the highway in the background at right. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #55 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #56 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south towards the junction of Hwy 23 & Hwy 83 at Russeldale. Before the Russeldale Diversion was built in 1939, the two highways met near the hydro pole just to the right of the centre of this photograph. The diversion was built to remove two turns in the original route of Hwy 23 at Russeldale. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 83 from the Hwy 23 Junction at Russeldale. The entire route of Hwy 83 was downloaded from the province to the Counties of Perth and Huron in 1997. While Huron County decided to number its downloaded section of Hwy 83 as Huron Road 83, Perth elected to number their downloaded section of Hwy 83 as Perth Line 20. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #57 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #58 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Eastern terminus of Hwy 83 at the Hwy 23 Junction at Russeldale. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the Hwy 83 Junction on northbound Hwy 23 at Russeldale. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #59 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #60 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The construction of the Russeldale Diversion in 1939 established Hwy 23 as the through highway at this junction. However, it left behind a badly-skewed intersection at Hwy 23, Hwy 83 and Perth Line 20. The intersection was realigned several decades ago, so that the highways intersected at right angles. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 23 towards London from the Hwy 83 Junction south of Mitchell. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #62 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Facing west along Perth Line 20 approaching the Hwy 23 & Hwy 83 Junction at Russeldale. This section of Perth Line 20 was in fact the original route of Hwy 23 up until the completion of the Russeldale Diversion in 1939. Although the original highway alignment was graded out and is no longer visible, Hwy 23 used to turn left about 80 metres beyond the present-day intersection. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 17, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #77 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 8 #72 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - An older King's Highway 23 route marker in Mitchell. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 21, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction sign assembly at the Hwy 8 and Hwy 23 Junction in Mitchell. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 7, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #23 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #20 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Western side of the Thames River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23, located about 5 km north of Mitchell. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Fingerboard sign marking the Thames River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23 north of Mitchell.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #21 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #22 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Eastern side of the Thames River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23. This two-span concrete slab structure was completed in 1930.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 23 towards Mitchell at the Thames River Tributary Bridge.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #63 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #64 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing north along Hwy 23 towards Listowel at the Thames River Tributary Bridge north of Mitchell. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - A run of steel beam guide rail was recently installed across the Thames River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23 in order to reinforce the spalled concrete handrail. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #66 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #65 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Close-up of the concrete handrail on the Thames River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23. This was the typical handrail design used on nearly all concrete bridges built by the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO) between 1924 and 1934. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - The old 1930 Thames River Tributary Bridge was replaced with a brand new structure in 2012. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #2 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - End of the concrete handrail of the Thames River Tributary Bridge. Note the old Bell Telephone sign on the concrete handrail. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken in October, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #24 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Close-up of the old porcelain Bell Telephone sign on the Thames River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23.
(Photograph taken on May 24, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #67 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #68 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Traces of an old 1930s-era curve diversion can still be seen in a field beside Hwy 23 south of Monkton. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Another view of the old Hwy 23 alignment south of Monkton. Although the pavement was removed decades ago, the grading for the superelevated curve is still quite apparent in this photo. The DHO constructed hundreds of these small corner diversions on the King's Highways during the 1930s and 1940s as highways were reconstructed to accommodate high-speed through traffic. The current highway lies just to the east. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #71 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #70 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing east along Maddison Street (Hwy 23) in Monkton. At the intersection, Hwy 23 turns left and resumes its route north towards Listowel. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing west along Maddison Street (Hwy 23) from Winstanley Street in Monkton. Hwy 23 briefly heads west out of Monkton via Maddison Street, before bending to the south on its route towards Mitchell. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #69 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #72 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - View of Winstanley Street (Hwy 23) in Monkton, facing north towards Listowel. Monkton lies about half-way between Mitchell and Listowel. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Maitland River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23, facing north towards Listowel. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #73 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #76 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Structure identification number and date stamp (1967) on the Maitland River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Western side of the Maitland River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23, located about 4 km north of Monkton. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #74 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #75 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Eastern side of the Maitland River Tributary Bridge on Hwy 23. This three-span continuous concrete girder structure was completed in 1967. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing north along Hwy 23 towards Listowel from the Maitland River Tributary Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 18, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #25 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 23 #26 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Eastern side of the Maitland River Bridge on Hwy 23 in Listowel.
(Photograph taken on May 25, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western side of the Maitland River Bridge on Hwy 23 in Listowel. This single-span concrete rigid frame structure was completed in 1964.
(Photograph taken on May 25, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 23 #27 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Facing south along Hwy 23 towards Mitchell at the Maitland River Bridge in Listowel.
(Photograph taken on May 25, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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