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Beaver Hall Hill Square, Montreal, March 1869
James Inglis
1869, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
7.8 x 15.7 cm
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To judge by these photographs taken by James Inglis (1835-1904) on Beaver Hall Hill in March 1869, it had snowed heavily that winter. In those days the snow was left to pile up in the street, and traffic just went around it. The street from Victoria Square to Phillips Square, one of the many steep streets typical of Montreal, was named ''Beaver Hall Hill'' after the home of Joseph Frobisher (1740-1810), a fur trader, explorer and founder of the North West Company in about 1790. The Beaver Hall estate was located outside Montreal at the time. Today, this elegant horse-drawn sleigh would be travelling down the middle of René-Lévesque Boulevard.

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