Here is a map of the eastern side of Turcot Yards from 1913.

A- Montreal Park & Island Railway(1885-1911).

Interesting that they had a facility right there in the middle of the Grand Trunk Railroad’s Turcot Yards and the Canada Car & Foundry complex. Not a lot of information right now beyond that it serviced Montreal-Nord, Outremont, Cartierville, and Lachine. Was also the first local transit company to issue rolls of 5 detachable tickets at a discount in 1908. It closed in 1911 so maybe the name was still on the building for this mapmaker?

B- Vaillant Park.

Approximately. Some confusion here with Byron street which may never have actually become a regular street. And later the middle street would become Bourassa. And we end up today with De Carillon running down to Notre Dame where Byron was (smile). It also looks like they had zoned lots right into the Falaise Saint Jacques above Pullman. But maybe what we see there today is actually landfill that was put in with the building of the Turcot Interchange?

C- Neighborhood?

A lot of changes here beginning with all those streets- Clovis, Victor Hugo, St. Omer, Stephens, and Beattie that stopped existing at some point. Doesn’t 4th Avenue seem kind of random and out of whack? Today James Lyng High School is roughly at Victor Hugo and Notre Dame. I really want to know how wide/deep that river was. A contemporary map here.

D- Saint Paul Locks

Easy to forget that there was a lot of these “side canals” along the Lachine Canal. The grand old Canada Malt Plant in pink at the right was pretty much brand new in those days.

E- The Turcot Roundhouse 1906-1962. The largest roundhouse in the world.

F- Riviere Saint Pierre, or Little River Saint Peter, ran through the middle of Turcot Yards. Not sure what year it got drained or covered and/or diverted. If anything it served as a handy border between NDG and Ville Emard.

5 responses to “1913

  1. There are thousands and thousands of people who have driven by this daily and yet have no idea how big this place truly is or anything about it. Granted, they spend a lot of time there in bumper to bumper slow moving traffic, so there really isn’t much positive reinforcement going on. With this blog I have tried to open up the idea of an identity to the place, find some universal stuff that connects the urban dots, stimulate dialogues, and even ruffle a few feathers on occasion. So far,
    it’s been pretty cool.

  2. the roundhouse is impressive… to bad it was destroyed. those maps are really great to investigate! you can also investigate using the Lovell indexes – maybe you know about them…


    If you dig up the street directories, you can see who lived where and, in the older Lovells, you can also obtain the occupation/title of the tenant/owner.

    i myself am planning to investigate on riviere st-peter – i used to flow right in front of where i live in pointe-st-charles, near the sherwin-williams building.

  3. Ken, the Montreal Park & Island Railway was the Montreal Street Railways operations beyond what was Montreal proper of the time, later on it all became Montreal Tramways Company. The great grand daddy of the STM.

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