Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Allandale's Ward 4 Bulldog By Terry Paddison Back in 1968 and now with two children in tow, we bought our first home in Allandale Heights.  The problem was we needed a second mortgage to finance it.  A bigger problem was that we didn't have any money to pay it off.  I needed a summer job! That  summer was the first time that we met our Ward 4 Alderman, Dorian Parker.   No, Dorian didn't lend us [...]

101 Clapperton Street By John Trott Photos provided by the Barrie Historical Archive With apologies to Gordon Lightfoot and Cotton Ginny, there is still a house on the hill. The classic Gothic revival mansion at 101 Clapperton was built between 1874-1875 by a Barrie merchant and politician and commanded a spectacular view of Barrie. Today the house is painted a creamy beige but the steep sloping roof, the multiple cross gables, high windows and asymmetrical [...]

By Donna Douglas Original publication date April 2003. Photos provided by the Barrie Historical Archive Forty years ago when the Barrie Country Club abandoned its location on Sunnidale Rd to move out to the wilds of Oro Township at the end of St Vincent Street, their property was going to be put up for sale. Eighty acres. On the edge of town in those days. Kitty corner to the cemetery. A core of visionaries fought [...]

If These Walls Could Talk … by Mary Harris When this farm girl arrived in the big city to attend college, the population of Barrie was around 45,000 people. I was excited to be living in an urban area for the first time in my life, eager to spread my wings, make new friends and have a bit of fun. I was given bits of advice from those who had lived in Barrie longer than [...]

Midwayby Dr. Travis Doucette Long before Bayfield Street was developed, Bradford Street was Barrie’s original Golden Mile and served as a busy commercial throughway that connected old Allandale with Downtown Barrie.  Today, little remains of this once business-laden street. Some may contend that the area has changed do to business relocation as the city expanded.  Bradford Street was once home to nearly every car dealer in town.  Many dealers dispersed to Bayfield Street and the [...]

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