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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 71 dating from 1936 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 Highway 71 Photographs


HWY 70 #5

Above - Postcard view of Queen Post timber truss bridge on Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70) at Nestor Falls (ca. 1936)
Photo courtesy of The Camera Shop, Thunder Bay

This rare photo postcard is the only known surviving photograph of the original Nestor Falls Bridge. The original span was a Queen Post creosoted timber truss, which was completed around 1934. The timber bridge at Nestor Falls was replaced during a highway widening project in 1939. The concrete rigid frame structure that replaced this timber truss bridge still stands to this day on Hwy 71 (Former Hwy 70). Fortunately, this photograph was taken during the timber bridge's brief service life, providing transportation historians and road enthusiasts with a rare opportunity to see what the original Nestor Falls bridge actually looked like.





HWY 70 #1             HWY 70 #3

Left - Rock cut on Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70) north of Nestor Falls (1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)

Right - Widening a rock cut on Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70) in 1939
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





HWY 70 #2

Above - Completed grading on Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70) beside Lake of the Woods, showing new fill (1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





HWY 70 #10

Above - Postcard view of Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70) at Lake of the Woods north of Nestor Falls (ca. 1940)
Photo courtesy of Lakewood Studio, Kenora

This interesting postcard shows a section of log guide rail beside the highway. Log guide rails such as this were commonly used on Northern Ontario highways in the 1930s and 1940s. Logs were utilized instead of steel guide rail since the timber was readily available from highway right-of-way clearing operations. More importantly, these log guide rails were very easy to install in remote areas, since no manufactured parts were required other than simple steel bolts. Log guide rails were installed to delineate various roadside hazards, but they did not offer motorists much protection in the event that their vehicle left the roadway. These log guide rails were a temporary measure, and were eventually replaced with steel flex-beam or steel cable guide rail after the Post-War steel shortage eased in the early 1950s. Compare this photo with the photo above from 1939, which shows the same section of highway facing in the opposite direction before the log guide rail was installed.





HWY 70 #4

Above - Postcard view of Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70) between Emo and Kenora (ca. 1940)
Photo courtesy of The Camera Shop, Thunder Bay





HWY 70 #12             HWY 70 #11

Left - Postcard view of Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70) at Lake of the Woods near Nestor Falls (ca. 1945)
Photo courtesy of Lakewood Studio, Kenora

Right - Postcard view of Nestor Falls Bridge on Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70), showing the new structure beside the site of the original timber truss bridge (ca. 1945)
Photo courtesy of Clarke & Crombie Publishing





HWY 70 #7

Above - Aerial view of the timber truss bridge crossing Sioux Narrows (1951)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 70 #6

Above - Aerial view of Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70) approaching Sioux Narrows from the south (1951)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 71 #48

Above - International Bridge at Fort Frances, linking Hwy 71 with International Falls, Minnesota (1951)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 70 #8

Above - Postcard view of Hwy 71 (Formerly Hwy 70) approaching Sioux Narrows (1954)
Photo courtesy of Alex Wilson Publishing, Dryden





HWY 71 #47

Above - Motorists standing beside a Hwy 71 route marker sign near Rainy River (ca. 1955)
Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection - Original photographer unknown





HWY 17 #195

Above - Postcard of the Great River Road Monument at Longbow Corners at the Junction of Hwy 17 & Hwy 71 near Kenora (ca. 1960)





HWY 71 #46             HWY 70 #9

Left - Postcard view of the Fort Frances welcome arch on Hwy 11 & Hwy 71 (ca. 1965)
Photo courtesy of Alex Wilson Publishing, Dryden

Right - Postcard view of Sioux Narrows Bridge on Hwy 71 (ca. 1965)
Photo courtesy of Alex Wilson Publishing, Dryden





HWY 71 #5 - © Walter Muma

Above - Sioux Narrows Bridge on Hwy 71 before the sidewalk was added on the western side of the structure (1978) - Photo Courtesy of Walter Muma - © 1978





HWY 71 #8

Above - Sioux Narrows Bridge on Hwy 71 after the sidewalk was added on the western side of the structure (ca. 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2003)





HWY 71 #32 - © Harold Warkentin

Above - Aerial view of Sioux Narrows Bridge on Hwy 71 looking west (ca. 1990)
(Photo © Harold Warkentin)





HWY 71 #31 - © Harold Warkentin

Above - Aerial view of Sioux Narrows Bridge on Hwy 71 looking south-west (ca. 1990)
(Photo © Harold Warkentin)




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