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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 6 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 6 Photographs (1920-1999)


HWY 6 #277

Above - Steel bowstring arch bridge over the Grand River in Caledonia, facing north (1909)

This steel arch bridge carried traffic on the Hamilton-Jarvis Highway until 1925, when the bridge failed under the weight of heavy traffic. The old steel bridge was demolished and replaced by a nine-span concrete bowstring arch structure. The new Caledonia Bridge on Hwy 6 was officially opened to traffic on November 19, 1927. It is still in service today.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 5 #1

Above - Fingerboard Direction Signs at the Junction of Hwy 5 & Hwy 6 at Clappison's Corners (ca. 1930)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2-27, Box B984, Photo #19)

This photo of Clappison's Corners shows the intersection as it appeared circa 1930. Originally, the Hwy 5 & Hwy 6 Junction was more of a directional "Y" intersection than a proper crossroads. The "Y" favoured the predominant movement between Hamilton and Toronto, as most traffic turned east towards Toronto along Hwy 5 after ascending the Clappison Cut on Hwy 6 from Hamilton. The completion of the new Middle Road Highway (Queen Elizabeth Way) between Toronto and Burlington in 1937 dramatically changed traffic patterns in this area. Since most long-distance through traffic began using the new superhighway, the intersection at Clappison's Corners no longer served the prevailing traffic patterns. Accordingly, the Hwy 5 & Hwy 6 Junction was fully rebuilt in 1951, creating a more conventional four-leg intersection. See an Enlarged Photo Here.





HWY 6 #3

Above - Snowplowing operations on Hwy 6 north of Fergus in 1932
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1932)





HWY 2 #193

Above - Aerial view of the new traffic circle, high-level bridge and park at the Northwest Entrance to Hamilton in 1932. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Canadian Airmaps Ltd.)

The reconstruction of the Northwest Entrance to Hamilton resulted in a new route of Hwy 2 through the city. Until 1932, Hwy 2 continued straight into Downtown Hamilton across the high-level bridge concurrently with Hwy 6. When Longwood Road was extended from Westdale out to this location in the early 1930s, it created a scenic alternate route beside Cootes Paradise for through traffic to follow, which bypassed Downtown Hamilton altogether. In 1932, Hwy 2 was rerouted onto Longwood Road. A new traffic circle was built at the junction of Hwy 2 and Hwy 6 in conjunction with the new high-level bridge construction. This traffic circle remained in service for more than 30 years, handling every vehicle entering or leaving Hamilton on Hwy 2 & Hwy 6. Shortly after the completion of Hwy 403 between Burlington and Hamilton in 1963, the old Longwood Road connection to Hwy 6 (at right) was closed off and the traffic circle was subsequently removed. The route of Hwy 2 was then restored to its pre-1932 route via York Boulevard and Dundurn Street.





HWY 6 #295             HWY 6 #304

NEW Left - Single-lane traffic on Hwy 6 near Owen Sound following a major winter snowstorm in 1947. By the late 1940s, all King's Highways were kept open for winter travel. However, as this photo clearly illustrates, one could only expect a single traffic lane to be cleared following significant storms. Motorists who had the misfortune of encountering an oncoming vehicle would often have to reverse a considerable distance to allow opposing traffic to pass. As a result, winter travel on Ontario's early highways was not a straightforward task. Fortunately, the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO) made significant Post-War investments in better snow-clearing equipment and facilities, making scenes like this one increasingly uncommon by the early 1950s. Photo taken on March 10, 1947.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1947)

NEW Right - Reconstruction of Hwy 6, 5 miles south of Tobermory in 1948. Prior to reconstruction, the section of Hwy 6 from Wiarton to Tobermory was one of Ontario's narrowest highways, with many sharp curves and steep grades. Improvements carried out between the late 1940s and early 1960s converted this winding back road into a comfortable, all-season paved highway. Photo taken in 1948.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1948)





HWY 6 #131

Above - Postcard view of Hwy 4 & Hwy 6 in Downtown Durham (1950)
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)

This interesting postcard photograph shows the overlapped route of Hwy 4 & Hwy 6 through Downtown Durham. This short concurrent route of Hwy 4 & Hwy 6 was discontinued in the early 1950s when a new Hwy 4 alignment was constructed at the western entrance to Durham. Double-shield King's Highway sign assemblies are visible along the street in the background. Compare the historic postcard view shown above with this present day photograph which I took from roughly the same location in 2008. See an Enlarged Photo here.





HWY 6 #303             HWY 6 #302

NEW Left - Owen Sound District Garage and Paint Shop (1951)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)

NEW Right - Highway sign storage room at the Owen Sound District Garage in 1952. Note the "Junction" sign for Hwy 6 & Hwy 21 leaning against the wall. Despite the widespread downloading of Ontario's King's Highways in the 1990s, the overlapped route of Hwy 6 & Hwy 21 still remains intact today between Springmount and Owen Sound.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1952)





HWY 6 #127

Above - Construction crew at work laying new asphalt on Hwy 6, six miles north of Clappison's Corners near Freelton. Photo taken on August 1, 1952. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)





HWY 6 #301             HWY 6 #300

NEW Left - Night view of Hwy 6 at the north entrance to Arthur, showing new reflective guide posts. Photo taken on October 30, 1952.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1952)

NEW Right - One-way snowplough clearing a section of Hwy 6 north of Mount Forest (1953)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)





HWY 6 #109

Above - Looking down the Jolley Cut on Old Hwy 6 in Hamilton in 1954. Until the 1970s, Hwy 6 followed Arkledun Avenue and part of the Jolley Cut south out of Downtown Hamilton. The adjacent Claremont Access was constructed in the 1970s to entirely bypass the Jolley Cut in order to address ongoing capacity problems on Hwy 6. Despite being bypassed, the Jolley Cut is still an important arterial road in Hamilton today. Photo taken on August 5, 1954.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 6 #299

NEW Above - Looking south through the Jolley Cut on Old Hwy 6 in Hamilton. Photo taken on August 5, 1954.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 24 #52

Above - Facing north along Wyndham Street (Hwy 6, Hwy 7 & Hwy 24) from Carden Street in Guelph in 1955. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of L. F. Charter)





HWY 6 #298

NEW Above - Newly-constructed four-lane section of Hwy 6, facing north from Mount Hope towards Hamilton (1956)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)





HWY 6 #296             HWY 6 #297

NEW Left - New mulch pavement surface on the Springmount-Hepworth County Road, one mile north of Shallow Lake in 1956. This Suburban County Road near Owen Sound was later assumed by the DHO as King's Highway 70 in 1965. The route of Hwy 70 became Hwy 6 during a route renumbering which took place in this area in 1997.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)

NEW Right - Grading and mulch pavement on Hwy 6, 18 miles south of Tobermory (1956)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)





HWY 6 #278

Above - Facing north along Hwy 6 approaching the South Saugeen River Bridge in Mount Forest in 1956. This photograph shows the old South Saugeen River Bridge on Hwy 6, approximately 5 years before the bridge was replaced with the current Hwy 6 structure in 1961. The old steel through truss bridge only had a single traffic lane, meaning that vehicles could only cross in one direction at a time. What makes this photo particularly interesting is that there is no guidance provided to motorists, in terms of who actually has the right-of-way at the bridge. Single-lane bridges such as this one on Hwy 6 were surprisingly common on rural King's Highways in Southern Ontario until the 1960s, when most of these narrow bridges were replaced with modern structures with two traffic lanes. Compare the historic view shown above with this present day photograph which I took from a point just south of the current Hwy 6 bridge in 2005. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection - Original photographer unknown)





HWY 403 #149             HWY 403 #150

Left - Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in 1964, facing west towards the Ramp "N" Underpass structure and T.B. McQuesten High-Level Bridge in Hamilton. During construction of Hwy 403 in the early 1960s, a partial interchange was built to connect the new freeway to York Boulevard. Historically, Hwy 6 used to follow York Boulevard into Downtown Hamilton. The construction of Hwy 403 in the early 1960s changed the routing of Hwy 6 as the highway approached Hamilton. Previously, Hwy 6 followed Plains Road south from Clappison's Corners to York Boulevard, where the highway turned west concurrently with Hwy 2 into Downtown Hamilton. When Hwy 403 opened to traffic in 1963, Hwy 6 was routed concurrently along Hwy 403 for about 1/2 of a mile from the new directional interchange between Hwy 403 and Hwy 6 to the York Boulevard ramps, which can be seen connecting to York Boulevard immediately east of the T.B. McQuesten High Level Bridge in the background of this photo. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Ramp "N" Underpass on Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard) in 1964. This ramp originally carried northbound Hwy 6 traffic onto eastbound Hwy 403. Following a brief 1/2 mile concurrent routing with Hwy 403, Hwy 6 departed the freeway and headed north towards Clappison's Corners and Guelph. This route of Hwy 6 approaching Hamilton remained in place from 1963 up until the late 1990s, when the Lincoln Alexander Parkway opened to traffic, bypassing the old route of Hwy 6 through Downtown Hamilton entirely. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #130             HWY 403 #131

Left - Grade separation at the Hwy 6 Interchange on Hwy 403 between Burlington and Hamilton in 1964. This structure carries the ramp connecting southbound Hwy 6 to eastbound Hwy 403. The roadway in the foreground is the ramp from eastbound Hwy 403 to northbound Hwy 6. This interesting three-level fully directional interchange was built in 1960-1961, in advance of the construction of the mainline lanes of Hwy 403. This interchange was put into service in December, 1963, only six months before this photo was taken. A similar but much larger fully directional interchange was built at the nearby Freeman Interchange, where Hwy 403 joins the Queen Elizabeth Way. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Flyover from southbound Hwy 6 to eastbound Hwy 403 at the Hwy 6 Interchange between Burlington and Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #115             HWY 403 #116

Left - Facing east along Hwy 403 towards Downtown Hamilton at the Mohawk Road Interchange in Ancaster (April, 1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing north across the Mohawk Road Overpass on Hwy 403 in Ancaster (April, 1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 401 #1220             HWY 401 #1221

Left - Aerial view of Hwy 401 at the future site of the Hwy 6 Bypass (Hanlon Parkway) Interchange south of Guelph in 1974. Construction began on the new Hwy 6 Bypass Interchange shortly after this photo was taken. Today's interchange would be situated on the left-hand side of this photo, just west of the Aberfoyle Creek Culvert. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)

Right - Aerial view of Hwy 401 between the Hanlon Road (Concession 7) Overpass and the Hwy 6 Interchange south of Guelph (1974)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 401 #1222

Above - Aerial view of Hwy 401 at the Hwy 6 Interchange near Morriston in 1974. This interchange was originally constructed as a four-ramp "Parclo A-2" interchange in 1959-1960. It is interesting to note that the Hwy 6 Interchange is the only interchange along Hwy 401 between Toronto and Woodstock that has not been reconfigured in some way or another since the highway was first built in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 403 #109             HWY 403 #110

Left - Facing west along Hwy 403 towards Downtown Hamilton approaching the York Boulevard Interchange. Note the cedar post and cable median barrier. The current concrete median barrier along this section of Hwy 403 was installed in the 1990s. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on November 29, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 403 from the York Boulevard Exit Ramp (Old Hwy 6) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton. The steel handrail of this structure was damaged during a collision, and was repaired using steel beam guide rail sections. The steel handrail was eventually removed altogether and replaced with temporary concrete barriers. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on November 29, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #111             HWY 403 #117

Left - Old Hwy 6 (Plains Road) Overpass on Hwy 403, facing south towards the Hwy 2 Junction. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on November 29, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 403 towards Downtown Hamilton at the Mohawk Road Interchange in Ancaster. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on November 30, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #118             HWY 403 #120

Left - Mohawk Road Overpass on Hwy 403 in Ancaster, facing north (November 30, 1977)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Eastbound-to-Northbound Ramp Flyover on Hwy 403 at the Hwy 6 Interchange between Hamilton and Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #132             HWY 403 #119

Left - Southbound-to-Eastbound Ramp Flyover on Hwy 403 at the Hwy 6 Interchange between Hamilton and Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Passing through the Hwy 6 Interchange on westbound Hwy 403 between Hamilton and Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #124             HWY 403 #125

Left - Facing east along Hwy 403 from the Hwy 6 Interchange between Hamilton and Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Old Hwy 6 (Plains Road) Overpass on Hwy 403, facing south towards the Hwy 2 Junction. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #65             HWY 403 #71

Left - West-to-North Ramp Flyover on Hwy 403 at the Hwy 6 Interchange in Burlington (August, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing east along Mohawk Road from the Hwy 403 Interchange in Ancaster in 1983. This road has changed quite dramatically since this photo was taken. See a Present Day Photo here. The Lincoln Alexander Parkway was built along this section of Mohawk Road in the 1990s. The old route of Mohawk Road, seen climbing the hill in the background, wasn't needed for the new freeway alignment and was closed off before it reached Hwy 403. Once it was completed, the Lincoln Alexander Parkway provided a new high-speed freeway connection across Hamilton Mountain. The present day Meadowlands Shopping Centre is located where the fields are seen on the right-hand side of this photo. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on May 30, 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #72             HWY 403 #64

Left - Mohawk Road Overpass on Hwy 403 in Ancaster (May 30, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 403 approaching the Hwy 6 Interchange in Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in August, 1984.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #89             HWY 403 #66

Left - Facing east along Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Hamilton (October, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Hwy 403 at Cootes Paradise near the York Boulevard Interchange in Hamilton. Note the cedar post and cable median barrier. Photo taken in October, 1984.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #73             HWY 403 #107

Left - Facing west towards Ancaster across the Mohawk Road Overpass on Hwy 403 (July, 1985)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Old Hwy 6 Overpass at Hwy 403 in Burlington (July 21, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #106             HWY 403 #90

Left - Facing east along Hwy 403 at the Hwy 6 Interchange in Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on July 21, 1987.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Ramp "N" Underpass at Hwy 2 (York Boulevard) in Hamilton, carrying traffic from Northbound Hwy 6 to Eastbound Hwy 403 (July 12, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #67             HWY 403 #68

Left - Approaching the York Boulevard Interchange (Old Hwy 6) on Hwy 403, facing west towards Downtown Hamilton (August 31, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Traffic jam on the York Boulevard Exit Ramp (Old Hwy 6) from Hwy 403 in Hamilton (August 31, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)




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