It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
Below - Circa 1945 postcard of the Huntsville Welcome Arch on Hwy. 11. Huntsville, like many other towns in northern Ontario, constructed a welcome arch during the 1930s to greet tourists arriving via the highway. For more than 25 years after the arch’s completion in 1932, all Hwy. 11 traffic passed through the archway.
At the time, It was designed based on the dimensions of vehicles commonly used in the early 1930s. However, vehicles continued to get larger over the next two decades and by the 1950s the vertical clearance below the arch became insufficient, particularly for many trucks. About 18 months before the Huntsville bypass was scheduled to be opened to traffic, the inevitable happened: The Huntsville Welcome Arch was destroyed when a transport truck hit the overhead sign in May 1958.
(Photo courtesy of Annabelle Studio)
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