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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 61 dating from 1937 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 61 Photographs


HWY 61 #12

Above - Department of Highways roadside park and campground on Hwy 61 at Middle Falls on the Pigeon River (1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





HWY 61 #3

Above - Circa 1940 postcard view of the Pigeon River International Bridge at the southern terminus of Hwy 61 south of Port Arthur. This steel structure was completed in 1930, replacing a timber bridge which had been constructed across the Pigeon River in 1917. The original timber bridge earned the nickname "The Outlaw Bridge", since it was built by local community groups, without any formal agreement or authorization between the Canadian and United States Governments. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 61 #13

Above - Circa 1945 postcard of the Pigeon River International Bridge and Customs Area on Hwy 61 south of Fort William. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 61 #21

Above - Postcard view of Pigeon River Hotel and Esso gas station on Hwy 61 (ca. 1948).
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 61 #11

Above - Hwy 61 approaching the International Bridge at Pigeon River. Photo taken on July 12, 1949.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1949)





HWY 61 #4

Above - Circa 1950 postcard view of Hwy 61 near Pigeon River, showing Middle Falls Department of Highways Roadside Park. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 61 #25

Above - King's Highway 61 sign at the Middle Falls Department of Highways Roadside Park in 1954. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 61 #45

Above - Circa 1955 postcard view of the Fort William Welcome Arch on Hwy 61 (later Hwy 61B). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Western Smallware & Stationery Co.)





HWY 61 #29

Above - Fourteen miles north of Pigeon River Bridge on Hwy 61 in 1955. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)





HWY 61 #27             HWY 61 #28

Left - Circa 1955 postcard view of Pigeon River Border Crossing, facing north from Minnesota. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Hamilton Photo Co.)

Right - Circa 1960 postcard view of Pigeon River Bridge on Hwy 61. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Western Smallware & Stationery Co.)





HWY 61 #2             HWY 61 #1

Left - Circa 1960 postcard of Pigeon River Hotel & Customs Sign on Hwy 61.
(Photo courtesy of Western Smallware & Stationery Co.)

Right - Circa 1960 postcard of Pigeon River Border Crossing on Hwy 61. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Western Smallware & Stationery Co.)





HWY 61 #26

Above - New Pigeon River Bridge on Hwy 61 south of Thunder Bay (1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1961)




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