Feb 172015
 
Linclon Ave Calgary

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.
All the places seen in this report are publicly accessible.

Linclon Ave Calgary

A century old spelling mistook.

Ƨeventh Ave NW Calgary

And anothor…

Sidewalk from 1913

Lincoln (or Linclon) became Seventh (or Ƨeventh) Ave NW in 1913.

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20 Comments on "Linclon, or is that Ƨeventh?"

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Michelle Leigh
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Michelle Leigh

Oh my goodness, this is hilarious!

Connie Biggart
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Connie Biggart

Love this! So much fun!

Jackie Newell
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Jackie Newell

What a great find!

1985baby
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1985baby

Now that’s funny!

Stewart
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Stewart

Nice find,the secret is out about Cresent Heights 😉
There is a few more in that area around Crescent
Road,at one time they were a lot of named streets.

Jeremy Fox
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Jeremy Fox

lol I live right near this and have walked over it several times. I wonder if the cement workers looked down at the finished product and thought, “Oh shit”.

Shelagh Hooton
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Shelagh Hooton

So they screwed up with both names for the same sidewalk – too funny!

Brian Burke
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Brian Burke

We have every variation of “Twelfth” ave in our neighborhood. It’s fantastic!

Rie Brown
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Rie Brown

Read the article. Just a little bit of humorous Calgary history!

G. A. Christian Bilou
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G. A. Christian Bilou

Proof that 1910 concrete was far superior to current concrete…nothing like a 108 year old sidewalk block that looks like it could have been poured this summer.