Bells for the Peace Tower arrive in Ottawa in They would ring for the first time on July Cast in England, the 53 bells of the Carillon were shipped across the ocean from England, then brought by rail to Ottawa.
A small crowd gathers to watch the end of an era as CN Loco 6153 pulls the last steam train into Ottawa Union Station on September 4, 1960. Diesel powered trains would continue to use the station until 1966, but 1960 marked the end of steam for both CN and CP. I think CP's last steamer to Ottawa was in 1959. (Stowell 070-2)
We frequently have pictures on Lost Ottawa related to the fire at Parliament's Centre Block in 1916. The West Block, however, was the scene of this spectacular fire on February 11, 1897. Many valuable documents from the various government departments were lost in the fire. The building was severely damaged, but not so badly that it had to be demolished. (LAC C-017502)
Before there was a Confederation Square, there was a Confederation Park, The park was created by demolishing all the buildings between the Old Post Office and the Langevin Block (foreground), as well as the Russell House hotel (the block with the crossing path). Across the park is the old Police Station and old City Hall. This evening, I'll post a picture looking north from the other side of the park. (From Ottawa, The Capital City of the Dominion of Canada, ND)