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14th St SW Calgary

The then image in this post shows a Calgary street scene where we’re witness to some sort of organized walk or march taking place, and appears to be from sometime in the latter part of the 60s given the style of dress seen. Come with us as we revisit that location, it’s 14th Street Southwest where it crosses over Memorial Drive, to see how it looks today. And indeed, as expected there has been change, yet some details remain to help connect the two eras together.

The old photo was send to us by a BIGDoer.com reader and included not a single shred of accompanying information as to the event nor the participants seen, or even where it was shot (outside it’s Calgary). Finding the location was no problem and we instantly recognized it, We pass by that very sport often.

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That the photo was sent to us this way is no problem. We don’t mind a challenge and in fact love it when we have to do some digging. It’s helps satisfy our insatiable curiosity.

Putting our noses to the grindstone, it only took a bit of detective work for us to have an answer on what’s seen. I guess we’re good. Or maybe we lucked out. No, it’s ’cause we’re good. It has to be.

In some old newspapers we find mention of this very event – it’s clear they’re speaking of the same one. The article shows a picture of the march, and in it we can even see some of the same people. There is also a description of the route, which takes in 14th St. It’ all matches. With that said, we’re completely confident we know what’s happening.

We’re looking at a Miles for Millions Walkathon and the date is 1967.

This was the first year of that march, and was an early example of this type of walking-for-a-cause event, and was to raise awareness and money, via pledges, for world hunger. Many schools participated, which explains all the young people seen. These walks, which happened all over Canada, were popular into the 1970s. A search shows there has been talk of resurrecting the event, but so far nothing has happened.

Based upon the lack of information that came with the photo, we of course know nothing of the people seen. Were they fiends of the photographers or just random individuals captured on film? It’d be interesting to know. If any of our readers appear in this picture or recognized a face, or if you participated and have memories to share, be sure and comment (scroll down below photos).

Beside the road itself which appears much as it did, the rest of the scene shows a good deal of change between now and then. As would be expected. The new condos on the right are the most obvious difference. Even with that, the overall feel of the place remains. Constants that tie the two times together include the small apartment block far right and some street details like line poles and manhole covers.

Do you have an old photo showing a scene like this? Would you like us to visit the same spot and document how it looks now? If yes, contact us for instructions, or just send the photo anyway and we’ll do the rest. Images must be yours, or in the public domain. They can be scans or real photos.

No cropping was done to the now photo to assist in lining things up. Instead, we do that in-camera. We’ve developed a number of techniques over the years, and have lots of practice, so usually we get things pretty close.

More Calgary street scene then and nows…
Calgary then and now – those 70s condos.
Calgary then and now – waiting for the Queen.
Calgary then and now – Dominion Bridge.

If you wish more information on what you’ve seen here, by all means contact us!

Date: April, 2015.
Location: Calgary, AB.
Article sources: Calgary Herald archives.
Our picture was shot from public property.

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Calgary Miles for Millions

A Miles for Millions march in Calgary, late 1960s.

14th St SW Calgary

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Betty Johnson
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Betty Johnson

I remember walking in the Miles for Millions walk. I think I got a quarter per mile.

Steve Cook
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Steve Cook

There’s a fellow being pushed in a shopping cart!

Maryann Munro
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Maryann Munro

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Happy memory…did the ’68 and ’69. Wore slippers for a couple of days afterwards…no blisters, just plain sore feet.

Linda Adams
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Linda Adams

This photo was taken by my father, David Zakrison, in 1967. I participated in the walk that year (age 12) and I think he was out looking for us at that point. No one expected us to complete the entire walk, which we did! The photo looks north on 14th Street NW in Calgary. If you look closely, you can see the Jubilee Auditorium in the centre distance and the South Alberta Institute of Alberta (SAIT) buildings to the right. Last time I checked, the buildings on either side of the road in the foreground are still there!

Scott Abercrombie
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Scott Abercrombie

Linda – My name is Scott Abercrombie. We lived at 1225 20th Street. I have to assume that you are the Linda that lived next door!
I remember those Miles for Millions as well. I was on the phone with my Dad debating whether it was 26 miles or 40(ish) KMs. I remember finishing but I would only have been 10 at the time and 40 K would be a long distance for a kid.

Sharon Scott
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Sharon Scott

I remember walking in the first Miles for Millions. It was very painful near the end and I probably also only made about $10. The best part was being able to spend the day walking with my boyfriend. We were in grade 10.

Paul von Huene
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Paul von Huene

My first MfM ended at the pedestrian overpass on John Laurie between North Haven and Highwood. The weather had turned cold, but I didn’t have a jacket. 25 miles that year. As short walk home from there. The next year I completed it. It was just over 30 miles. A couple years later there was a Bikeathon. Same premise. It went from McMahon Stadium out the #1 to the Morley overpass and return. I think that was 1974.

Itallica
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Itallica

I remember that walk – Chickenman (who was popular on the radio back then) was there too. He was everywhere, everywhere…

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