Trafalgar Township Historical Society Digital Collections
Demolition of the Twelve Mile Creek Train Bridge in 1947
Description
Media Type
Image
Item Type
Photographs
Description
A view of the old iron trestle train bridge crossing Bronte Creek (aka Twelve Mile Creek) just south of the Queen Elizabeth Way in the southwest corner of Oakville, Ontario. This photo was taken in October 1947. The new Queen Elizabeth Way high-level bridge can be faintly seen in the background.

The QEW was an Ontario Department of Highways construction project during the Depression. The Highway was in use in 1939, formally opened in 1940. A link to the excellent Wikipedia page on "The Middle Road" between Toronto and Hamilton in Ontario is provided for your further information. It includes an excellent photograph of the road bridges. The Wikipedia photograph clearly shows the Middle Road bridge was low, close to the water which meant that the approaching road grades approaching the old bridge were steep, treacherous in bad weather. The new, high more level bridge shows to the north.

We have several photographs of the road traffic bridges at this crossing here in our internet collection taken in different years, from different viewpoints, with different memories, and from different donors.
Notes
Comment from a viewer: Think this picture is looking south. In the distance is the south bank of the ravine close to where Tim Hortons/Pioneer gas is.
Subject(s)
Local identifier
TTJPB000707
Collection
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4108 Longitude: -79.74035
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Recommended Citation
Demolition of the Twelve Mile Creek Bridge in 1947 After Construction of the Queen Elizabeth Highway, 1934-1939
Contact
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
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Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton
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Demolition of the Twelve Mile Creek Train Bridge in 1947


A view of the old iron trestle train bridge crossing Bronte Creek (aka Twelve Mile Creek) just south of the Queen Elizabeth Way in the southwest corner of Oakville, Ontario. This photo was taken in October 1947. The new Queen Elizabeth Way high-level bridge can be faintly seen in the background.

The QEW was an Ontario Department of Highways construction project during the Depression. The Highway was in use in 1939, formally opened in 1940. A link to the excellent Wikipedia page on "The Middle Road" between Toronto and Hamilton in Ontario is provided for your further information. It includes an excellent photograph of the road bridges. The Wikipedia photograph clearly shows the Middle Road bridge was low, close to the water which meant that the approaching road grades approaching the old bridge were steep, treacherous in bad weather. The new, high more level bridge shows to the north.

We have several photographs of the road traffic bridges at this crossing here in our internet collection taken in different years, from different viewpoints, with different memories, and from different donors.