I’m not sure what’s more interesting, that Lincoln Ave/Seventh Ave NW in Calgary has a century old identity crisis or the rather poor spelling skills that cement workers from era appeared to have back then? What a fun bit of history, a street that one time was named one thing, and then soon after another, vintage cement markers that show both and some humorous spelling mistakes from way back in time.
The location here is just across the Bow River from downtown Calgary in the neighbourhood of Crescent Heights. This part of town was founded around 1910. At the time, the street we’re discussing, was called Lincoln, but only a couple years later, in 1913, was changed to Seventh Ave NW. The sidewalk markings along here reflect the current name except at one intersection where the old one can still be found emblazoned in the concrete. Funny the Linclon misspelling is directly across from the Ƨeventh misspelling.
The firm who laid down both sidewalks was McKibben Contractors, shown as McK-Bros on the older marker. Clearly you didn’t have to be a good spelling skills to work for this company.
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Date of adventure: February, 2015.
Location: Calgary, AB.
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