Magical Mystery Tour

Photo Hi-lights of Historical Sites around Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Pioneer Memorial Tower

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In 1925, the city council decided to commemorate the establishment of the first farms in the region.  The piles of stone which had been laboriously removed from the rich river flood plain below this lookout point, were used to construct the tower.

 

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 In Kitchener’s Victoria Park

Small industrial buildings in what had become the downtown area, burned, or were torn down.  Council used the land to create a public park, and in 1895 dedicated it to Queen Victoria and erected this display.

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 Clock Tower from Our Original City Hall

DSCF2950   When the city hall was torn down, this clock tower was dismantled and saved.  Twenty years later, the clock was cleaned and rebuilt, and it and the rest of the tower were erected at the main park entrance.

 Kaiser Wilhelm’s Plinth

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Funny thing about the Kaiser……In 1916, Berlin residents were so incensed that he caused World War I that they took the bust of dear old Wilhelm & threw him in Victoria Lake…….he was rescued and reinstalled…..he got thrown in the lake again.  Somebody pulled him out, but he was never seen in public again.  Perhaps he became shell casings in the war effort.

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 Note:  Before this event Berlin‘s name had been changed in 1912 to Kitchener, after a British, Boer War officer named Lord Kitchener, who was lost off the coast of Ireland, when his destroyer struck a mine on the way to negotiations in Russia, in 1916.  A tiny lumber/railroad town in the depths of British Columbia had already named themselves after Kitchener in 1896/7, and still claim that they are the real Kitchener, and my Ontario version unjustly appropriated the name.   Germany and the Kaiser’s aggressive actions in Europe caused the “German” people of Berlin, Ontario to show that they were not allied in any way.

 

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Never common in Upper Canada, this is the last surviving covered bridge in Ontario

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Historical Field Stone House

Like the pioneer tower, the stones to build this house beside the bridge were removed from the fields so that they could be plowed.

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Castle Silo

A rich city dweller who retired to the country built this castle around an old, stone, farm silo to produce a workshop for his hobbies.

Following the Path the Cow took

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At the intersection of the main streets, King and Queen, we’re still driving around an apple tree that stood here, two hundred years ago.

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Even after the change of name from Berlin to Kitchener, the city retains a strong German heritage.  In 1968 it was decided to host a Munich-style Oktoberfest, which is still celebrated each year.  This building was erected beside a downtown hotel to house administrative offices and storage.

14 thoughts on “Magical Mystery Tour

  1. Rocking the LibStrong bracelet!

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  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Great tour … and thanks that I still need to do this!

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  3. I like the random arm in the pictures!

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  4. Nice tour…I’ve not been to Kitchener in years and years…

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  5. benzeknees says:

    Interesting look at the place you live. Is there still an apple tree still?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      As the photo shows, the tree is long gone. Over the years, city council has had two chances to smooth the bend, but left it as a memorable area indiosyncrasy, and a traffic calmer. There are remarkably few accidents there. 🙂

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  6. shimoniac says:

    I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again. Other cities in North America have streets laid out by surveyors, Kitchener has streets laid out by livestock. There are remarkably few intersections in town that meet at right angles on purpose.

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  7. […] Currently owned by a Greek-Canadian and his wife, it has changed hands several times over the years, getting bigger and better.  It’s called Pioneer BBQ, because it’s near the Pioneer Tower memorial, from my Magical Mystery Tour. […]

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