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Comments by Heather Rose Russell on July 4, 2005

Nice website, Kevin, and keep up the excellent work. I especially loved the old photos of the days of yore. And yes, I remember that old school in Shoal Harbour, the one by the railway crossing, post office, and church, that is now a furniture store. Although I grew up in Bonavista, I made many car trips to Clarenville. Boy, do I *ever* remember that old gravel Cabot Highway (current Route 230)when it used to wind all out around Trinity Arm and go up over Breakheart Hill, the same way you go for the Trinity Loop today. And out across the Trinity Pond barrens and around Carey's Ridge towards Princeton Big Pond. Yes, I remember that old road quite well. As far back as my personal memory takes me, the Cabot Highway was paved from Bonavista to Catalina, gravel from Port Union to just before Lethbridge, and paved the rest of the way to Clarenville.
Like I just said, I loved the old photos. However, in the "general collection", you have a couple photos of somewhere on the old gravel highway between Clarenville and Deep Bight, looking out across at Random Island, taken in the early 1950s, and have captioned them "Trans Canada Highway." This is a misnomer, as there was no "Trans Canada Highway" until we "finished the drive in '65." That gravel highway, shown on old maps as Route 10, is part of the "original" Cabot Highway which was officially opened in 1947 to commemmorate Cabot's 450th anniversary of his landfall. The Bonavista Peninsula portion of this highway snaked through such communities as Winterbrook and Sweet Bay and also followed what is now Route 235. (Perhaps someone out there remembers that old wooden bridge near Sweet Bay called "The Rattles.")
Also loved the photo of Old Shoal Harbour River bridge with its "dome" shaped concrete sides. Keep up the excellent work and keep posting photos of such beautiful old relics as we may never see again.
Heather
(An "old-timer" who loves to remember stuff from the good old days of yore)
St. John's, NL
Comments by Denise Miles on June 28, 2005

Great website!!!!!
Love how much of history makes me homesick. My grandfather was Alfred John Balsom and my father was David Balsom from Deep Bight. Its great to see what a wonderful heritage I have. Keep it going and I look forward to all the new items that will be coming.
Cambridge Ontario
Comments by Mont Lingard on June 27, 2005

Just discovered your website today. Great Job!
I am especially delighted to see the old photos of the railway. I knew all the railroaders from Clarenville from that era (1950's) and still see and talk to the few that are still alive.
I wrote five books on the railway and "Next Stop: Trinity Loop has several photos of that area.
Hope to get a website soon and with your permission will surely give a link to your site.
Badger NL
Comments by Heather Rose Russell on June 27, 2005

Loved the photos of the old railway station and the trains. Boy, oh boy, I loved riding the Bonavista Branch train in the 1970s when I was going to school. Every summer, I'd go for a train ride from Bonavista (my hometown) to some point along the line -- once it was Catalina, another time it was Port Rexton, another time it was Princeton, and three times to Clarenville. Loved it! Would love to do it all over again, not on a train of course because the tracks are taken up, but on foot or bike or some other such means.
Take care, and next stop, Breakheart Crossing,
Heather Rose Russell
St. John's
Comments by Matt Coleman on June 26, 2005

Very evocative photos -- they capture the feel of how it look when I first visted there back in the 1960s.
Talking Rock, Georgia, USA
Comments by sandy on June 25, 2005

Working on some family history, trying to find cousins. Heard great-uncle Joe worked for the Canadian Railway. Came from Beeston, Nottingham, England. Ring any bells? Love to find relatives.
208 S. Winston Lane, S.A., TX
Comments by Rosalind Keats Matthews on June 24, 2005

Just found your site. Lovely job. It made me homesick for the rock. I grew up in Bloomfield but worked in Clarenville for many years. Would love to hear from old friends.
Squamish B.C.
Comments by Brian Belbin on June 23, 2005

Just wanted to say great job on the webpage if at all possible maybe you can add my webpage to your links or at least check it out thanks again Brian
Clarenville
Comments by SWIM, Cleve &Janice BOURNE on June 23, 2005

One of the photos you diplay in which you 'think' Dr. Swan used as his office, you are quite correct. That building also housed the Magistrates Court (Mag. SCOTT), the Welfare Office; both on the top floor, and on the bottom right corner, either the Royal Bank or the Bank of Nova Scotia was located. Your site brings back a lot of memories to us.
BEDFORD, NS
Comments by Fraser Seward on June 16, 2005

Last night,my son dan and I went dowm memory lane.We knew everyone in the photo's Dan has just completed 25yrs in the Mounties and is still having fun, stationed in vernon,B.C. I remember some fond times with "Alvin" Lowe and often think about him. I am visiting dan and his family for a few days. I wonder how we could submit a portfolio?
2593 parent rd prince george,
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