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This page contains present day photos (Year 2000 to date) of Ontario's King's Highway 61, arranged by location from the Canada-United States Boundary at Pigeon River northerly to Thunder Bay. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 2: Present Day King's Highway 61 Photographs


HWY 61 #15 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #14 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - This is the former site of the Pigeon River Border Crossing, about 10 km west of the present bridge. King's Highway 61 crossed over into Minnesota, where it became U.S. Route 61. Old U.S. Route 61 can be seen climbing the hill on the Minnesota side of Pigeon River. The border crossing was abandoned in 1963, and most of the buildings were demolished. Compare this present day photo with the circa 1945 photo of the same area, shown on the previous page.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Looking north on Old Hwy 61, from site of former International Bridge. The site of the former Customs House and parking area can be seen to the left of this photo.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #6 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #7 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of abandoned border crossing on Old Hwy 61 at Pigeon River.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Site of old International Bridge at Pigeon River. The bridge was closed in 1963.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #5 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #8 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Old Hwy 61 alignment near former bridge at Pigeon River
(Photograph taken on August 2001  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of old bridge abutments in Ontario and Minnesota
(Photograph taken on August 2001  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #9 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #10 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Site of white Customs House, as seen in 1960 postcard above
(Photograph taken on August 2001  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Dusk on Hwy 61 near Cloud Bay, south of Thunder Bay
(Photograph taken on August 2001  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #16 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #19 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Old Hwy 61 alignment near former bridge at Pigeon River, just south of Hwy 593
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Present day customs area on Hwy 61 at Pigeon River. Facility opened on November 1, 1963.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #20 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #18 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Start of King's Highway 61 just north of Pigeon River Bridge & Customs Office
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Abandoned Hwy 61 alignment at Hwy 593 Junction. Roughly 13 km of the original Hwy 61 was bypassed in 1963, when the new Pigeon River Bridge opened. Part of Old Hwy 61 became Hwy 593.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #17 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #33 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Traffic on Hwy 61 is dwarfed by the mountains north of Pigeon River
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - A reverse curve on Hwy 61 near the Pine River Bridge
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 130 #1 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 130 #2 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 130 from Hwy 61 Junction
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Green guide sign for Hwy 130 on Hwy 61
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #30 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #31 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 61 from Hwy 130 Junction
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 61 towards Hwy 130 Junction
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #32 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 130 #3 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Junction sign for Hwy 61 on Hwy 130 southwest of Thunder Bay
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction signs at the end of Hwy 130 at Hwy 61. The control city on Hwy 61 south of Thunder Bay is Duluth, Minnesota. What this sign doesn't tell you is that it is a very lonely 280 km journey to Duluth from here. Duluth is the most distant out-of-province control city signed by the MTO. In fact, Duluth is the only sizeable town or city on either Ontario Hwy 61 or Minnesota Hwy 61.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #22 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #23 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - A former alignment of Hwy 61 near the Hwy 130 Junction
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of Mount McKay and "The Nor'Westers" from Hwy 61 near Hwy 130 Junction
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #36 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #35 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 61 towards Pigeon River near the Hwy 61B Junction (Chippewa Road) south of Thunder Bay. Approximately 53 km south of here, Hwy 61 reaches the International Boundary at Pigeon River where the highway crosses over into the United States. Pigeon River is the only highway crossing between Canada and the United States in the Thunder Bay area. The next closest highway crossing between Canada and the United States lies approximately 350 km to the west, where the International Bridge connects Fort Frances, Ontario with International Falls, Minnesota. The next highway crossing to the east lies at the other end of Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, approximately 700 km away. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Distance guide sign for Duluth, Minnesota on southbound Hwy 61 at the Hwy 61B Junction. Although it is unusual to see an out-of-province destination signed on a provincial highway, Duluth was chosen as the control city since there are no other communities of any size along Hwy 61 between Thunder Bay and the International Boundary at the Pigeon River. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #37 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #38 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 61 towards the Hwy 61B Junction (Chippewa Road) south of Thunder Bay. Until the construction of the Lakehead Expressway in the late 1960s, Hwy 61 used to follow Chippewa Road into Downtown Fort William. The Lakehead Expressway bypassed the cities of Fort William and Port Arthur and provided a more direct connection between Hwy 61 and Hwy 11 & Hwy 17. The route of Hwy 61 was then moved onto the Lakehead Expressway (later known as the Thunder Bay Expressway) while the original route of Hwy 61 leading into Downtown via Chippewa Road was renumbered as Hwy 61B. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Southern terminus of Hwy 61B at the Hwy 61 Junction south of Thunder Bay. A small right turn channelization carries traffic from southbound Hwy 61B to northbound Hwy 61 (Thunder Bay Expressway). A much larger right turn channelization carries traffic from northbound Hwy 61 to northbound Hwy 61B. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #39 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #40 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 61 from the Hwy 61B Junction (Chippewa Road) south of Thunder Bay. The channelization leading from northbound Hwy 61 to northbound Hwy 61B can be seen at left. The channelization was actually built on the original alignment of Hwy 61 in the 1960s, during construction of the Lakehead Expressway. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction of Hwy 61 & Hwy 61B, facing north towards Thunder Bay. Until the completion of the Lakehead Expressway at the Kaministiquia River in 1968, all Hwy 61 traffic would have curved to the right towards Fort William. A short median island was constructed approaching the intersection. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #41 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #42 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Start of Hwy 61B at the Hwy 61 Junction south of Thunder Bay. Due to the skew of the intersection, a wide median had to be constructed here to keep the swept path of long transport truck trailers within their own lane when turning left. It is interesting to note that traffic using the right turn channelization actually has right-of-way priority over the northbound "through" lane. Note the Yield signs on both sides of the northbound lane where it merges with the right turn channelization. Although this is rather strange right-of-way assignment, the skew of the intersection doesn't really allow the right-of-way to be configured any other way. The channelization is tangent to Hwy 61B, so there would be a very low likelihood of drivers yielding if the right-of-way was reversed to favour the through lane. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction of Hwy 61 & Hwy 61B, facing south towards Pigeon River. A narrow median island was also constructed on the northern side of the intersection. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #43 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 61 #44 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 61 from the Hwy 61B Junction (Chippewa Road). The Thunder Bay Expressway begins here and continues north through the City of Thunder Bay. This limited-access highway has occasional grade-separated crossings and several at-grade intersections controlled by traffic signals. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the southern terminus of Hwy 61B at the Hwy 61 Junction. The skew of the intersection is rather apparent in this photo. When the Lakehead Expressway was built, the intersection was realigned slightly so that Hwy 61B intersected with Hwy 61 at more or less a right angle. The long channelization at left essentially follows the original alignment of Hwy 61, which existed prior to the construction of the Lakehead Expressway in the 1960s. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 61 #24 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Thunder Bay Expressway (Hwy 61) facing south towards the Kaministiquia River Bridge.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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