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At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I 
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Aftermath of Paris Great Fire, 1900 
Image  1900  This photograph shows the destroyed buildings left in the wake of the Paris Great Fire of September 12, 1900. The fire began at the Roller Mills and ultimately spread across a good portion of the town, causing a large amount of damage and destroying many buildings. The loss was estimated at...
Paris Musical Society Band on corner of Grand River and William Streets, c. 1901 
Image  [ca. 1901]  This photograph shows a parade of the Paris Musical Society Band at the corner of Grand River and William Streets. The head of the parade is carrying a banner which reads "God Save Our Queen". This image was printed on page 154 of At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I by D. A. Smith. Smith's binder...
Robert "Bobby" West in Costume 
Image  19[??]  This photograph depicts Robert "Bobby" West dressed in one of his eccentric, exotic costumes. Robert was an entertainer for many years, as well as the operator of the Nith Navigation Co. after his father, William "Wally" West, grew old. More information about the Wests can be found in chapter 18...
Lower Town Paris, c. 1865 
Image  [ca. 1865]  This photograph shows a view of lower town in Paris. The camera is positioned at the head of Grand River Street, looking north with the Grand River and bridge to the right. This photograph was printed on page 83 of At the Forks of the Grand, vol. 1.
Parade during Old Boys' Reunion, 1905 
Image  Aug. 1905  This photograph depicts a parade during the Paris Old Boys' Reunion of August, 1905. It shows a busy downtown street with marching bands, horse-drawn carriages, and many spectators. This image was printed on page 271 of At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I by D. A. Smith. RIVER ST. PARIS. REUNION....
View of Norman Hamilton's Mill at Foot of Broadway Street, c. 1878 
Image  [ca. 1878]  This photograph shows a view of the section of Paris at the foot of Broadway Street and surrounding areas. The mill belonging to Norman Hamilton is visible to the far right. This image was printed on page 63 of At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I by D. A. Smith.
First Motorized Fire Truck in Paris, 1918 
Image  1918  This 1918 photograph depicts the Paris Fire Department's first motorized fire truck, which was then brand-new. According to D.A. Smith, it is a Ford Model T truck. The man to the left is mayor C.B. Robinson, who was responsible for the purchase. The signs on the building in the back...
Passengers Waiting at Paris Junction Station 
Image  18[??]  This photograph shows a group of passengers waiting outside the Paris Junction Station. The tracks carried trains from both the Great Western Railway and Buffalo-Goderich Railway lines, and both companies shared the station. This photo shows the third rail on the tracks, which was used to allow...
Grand Valley Railway Car, South Paris 
ImageComments:    This photograph shows a car of the Grand Valley Railway Company line traveling through the south portion of Paris. The Grand Valley line ran between Paris and Brantford and was in use between 1903 and 1929. This image was printed on page 231 of At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I by D. A. Smith....
Ox and Horse Team Pulling Roof, Paris, 1913 
Image  1913  This photograph depicts "ancient and modern" teams of oxen and horses pulling a cart carrying a roof and a few male passengers down a road in Paris. A dog is on the right of the photo. 1913 was a transitional period when horses were becoming less and less common on the streets of Paris. This...
Man with Ox-Team and Cart in Paris, 1913 
Image  6 May, 1913  This photograph shows a group of men with an ox-team pulling a cart on a street in Paris. By 1913, animal-driven carts were increasingly becoming a rarity; the photographer's caption ("Old Friends") indicates that they were already considered old-fashioned. This image was printed on page 213 of...
"The March of Civilization" - Car Meeting Ox-Cart on the Street, Paris, 1913 
Image  6 May, 1913  This photograph illustrates the "march of civilization" with the meeting of the old and new modes of transportation on a street in Paris on May 6, 1913. On the left is Dr. Daniel Dunton, one of the earliest car owners in Paris, in his 1911 Everitt-Metzger-Flanders (E-M-F) Standard touring...
Aerial View of Paris, c. 1946 
Image  [ca. 1946]  This aerial photograph gives a view of Paris as it was c. 1946, focusing on the portions west of the forks of the Grand and Nith Rivers. This image was printed on page 12 of At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I by D. A. Smith. The printed version includes labels and makes note of significant...
Hiram Capron's Stone House 
ImageMysteries:    This photograph depicts Hiram Capron's stone house in its original form. Begun 1845, it took three years to complete and was finished by 1848. It later belonged to John Penman, who remodeled and expanded it significantly in 1887. As remodeled by Penman, it is now known as "Penmarvian." A slide...
Old Town Hall, Paris 
Image  18[??]  This 19th century photograph shows the Paris old town hall at 13 Burwell Street. It was first built in 1854, and was used as the town hall for many years until later being converted into an opera house. This image was printed on p. 52 of At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I by D. A. Smith.
Paris Village Hall from Base of River, c. 1860 
Image  [ca. 1860]  This photograph depicts the Paris village hall and surrounding areas as seen from the river bank below. The labeled structures are: 1. First Methodist Church 2. Village Hall 3. Town Hall This image was printed on page 56 of At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I by D. A. Smith.
Aerial View of Paris c. 1946 
Image  [ca. 1946]  This aerial photograph gives a view of Paris as it was c. 1946, focusing on the portions north of the forks of the Grand and Nith Rivers. This image was printed on page 38 of At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I by D. A. Smith, and was also printed on page 16 of the revised edition. The printed...
View of Paris and Grand River Street Bridge 
Image  18[??]  This 19th century photograph shows the Grand River Street bridge leading into Paris. The Finlayson tannery is visible in the foreground.
Paris Fire Brigade Steamer, 1878 
Image  1878  This photograph shows the Paris fire brigade's steam-powered fire engine in 1878. This was the first mechanical water-pumping engine used in Paris, and was the subject of some great interest when it was first purchased in 1877. This image was printed on page 123 of At the Forks of the Grand:...
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At the Forks of the Grand Vol. I


Photos from At the Forks of the Grand: Volume I by D. A. Smith