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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 3 dating from 1920 to 1999. 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 3 Photographs


HWY 3 #54

Above - Automobile stuck in the mud on Hwy 3, 1 1/2 miles east of Wallacetown in 1927. This situation was a surprisingly common experience for early motorists touring Ontario's provincial highways. Until the late 1920s, many rural highways in Ontario were surfaced with gravel or stone. These road surfaces were often laid upon poorly prepared and compacted subgrades, and consequently, the surface of these unpaved highways would quickly deteriorate in poor weather conditions and during the spring thaw. For many years, only hard-surfaced roads could be relied upon year-round. Fortunately, engineering and construction standards for gravel highways in Ontario were improved by the early 1930s, which allowed motorists to make use of both paved and unpaved highways in all seasons. Photo taken on March 22, 1927.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1927)





HWY 3 #23

Above - Circa 1930 postcard view of the Big Creek Bridge on Hwy 3 in Delhi. This tied concrete bowstring truss bridge was completed in 1929. As the years went by, the limited vertical clearance of the old concrete bridge became a constraint for large trucks. The old Delhi Bridge was replaced by a new structure in 1965.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 20 #63

Above - Circa 1937 photo of the distance sign at the exit from the old Honeymoon Bridge in Niagara Falls. This sign directed traffic to Hwy 8 and Hwy 20, which were the two main highway routes leaving Niagara Falls at that time. The completion of the Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara Falls in 1940 greatly improved highway access to the rest of Ontario from the Niagara Peninsula. The distance sign seen here was removed after the ill-fated Honeymoon Bridge collapsed in 1938, when a winter ice jam on the Niagara River undermined the structure. The replacement Rainbow Bridge was completed a short distance downstream in 1941. Note the newly-completed Oakes Garden Theatre in the background, which still stands today at the corner of River Road and Clifton Hill. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 73 #2

Above - Circa 1940 postcard view of Hwy 3 approaching the Hwy 73 Junction in Aylmer. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 3 #56

Above - Circa 1945 postcard view of Hwy 3 near Dutton. As this photo clearly illustrates, the section of Hwy 3 between Blenheim and St. Thomas was much busier in its earlier days than it is now. Traffic volumes on this section of Hwy 3 peaked around 1960, and then dropped precipitously once the various stages of adjacent Hwy 401 were completed and opened to traffic. When the MTO downloaded this section of Hwy 3 in Southwestern Ontario in the late 1990s, the highway carried fewer than 900 vehicles per day. By comparison, over 2,500 vehicles per day used this section of Hwy 3 back in 1960, before Hwy 401 was built through the area.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 3 #57

Above - View of Hwy 3, six miles east of Blenheim in 1955. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)





HWY 3 #24

Above - Grading Hwy 3, about 3 miles east of Palmyra (1956)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)





HWY 3 #55

Above - Twin Bailey bridges on Hwy 3 at the Catfish Creek Bridge site at Orwell (1962)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1962)




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