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A gentleman stands in a cleared portion of the driveway at 140 Dunlop Street East. 2017-02-21T16:42:21+00:00
Residence at 140 Dunlop Street East. 2017-03-03T11:33:26+00:00
Locomotive 3396 parked in the Allandale rail yard. 2017-02-21T16:45:27+00:00
Looking at the West side of the Post Office on Dunlop Street East. 2017-03-03T11:33:30+00:00
Looking West from the Barrie Train Station on a winter day. 2017-02-16T21:12:19+00:00
Crowds gather to skate on Kempenfelt Bay on a winter day. 2017-02-14T13:10:13+00:00
Rowanhurst, on the North West corner of High Street. Originally built by Nathaniel Dyment, this home was later owned by the Hart and Cancilla families. 2017-02-20T10:18:10+00:00
Looking out at Kempenfelt Bay from the backyard of former Mayor, Willard Kinzie’s house on Shanty Bay Road. 2016-09-16T20:43:14+00:00
Willard Kinzie in his office at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Dunlop Street East. 2016-09-06T20:01:05+00:00
Looking East from Bayview Park on Dunlop Street East. 2017-03-03T11:33:28+00:00
Mayor Willard Kinzie prepares to drop the puck at a hockey game. 2016-09-16T20:42:43+00:00
Former Lakeview Dairy, now run by Beatrice Foods on Dunlop Street East. 2017-02-27T11:41:03+00:00


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By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , |
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