The Second Narrows Bridge Collapse

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Some described the noise of the bridge collapsing into the Second Narrows as gunfire or an explosion, others as a rumble or a loud snapping sound. On June 17, 1958 at 3:40 p.m., people from all over Vancouver stopped to listen, as two spans collapsed, tossing 79 workers into Burrard Inlet and killing 18 of them.

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West End Heritage–a chance to have your say

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There are two vastly different West End housing proposals going before Vancouver council this week and both have implications about how we view heritage in our development-mad city. One, in Mole Hill, involves the community’s desire to designate Mole Hill as a Heritage Conservation Area; while the other is a way to redevelop and save a deteriorating 1920s West End apartment building.

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Vancouver Heritage House Tour and Manson’s Deep

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Never heard of Manson’s Deep? You’re not alone. It’s one of the deepest points in Howe Sound just off Point Atkinson. It’s also been a burial ground for old sailors since 1941.

Manson’s Deep gets its name from Captain Thomas Manson who came to Vancouver from Scotland in 1892.

According to an article by Kellsie McLeod*, Manson, himself was buried there in 1946.

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Foncie’s North Vancouver Connection

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Foncie, to my knowledge, never crossed the bridge or took the ferry to North Vancouver—at least not for his work, but he did capture many of our most colourful citizens. A street photographer who worked mostly on Hastings and Granville Streets, he photographed people out shopping, going to a show, or on their way to work.

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Canada’s flag is in its 50s. Is it time for an update?

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Jason Vanderhill dropped around a couple of weeks ago armed with a ton of old copies of the Vancouver Sun that he’d been given by Anders Falk and family. It was a blast looking through them—they ranged from the 1930s to the 60s and covered major events such as visits by the Royal family, the opening of the Granville Bridge, and putting a man on the moon.

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