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Postcard provides glimpse into city's ugly industrial past

Postcard provides glimpse into city's ugly industrial past

This week's trip down Memory Lane focuses on Orillia Smelter and the scourge of arsenic
This local streetscape looked a lot different in 1920s

This local streetscape looked a lot different in 1920s

Take a trip down Memory Lane to West Street, circa 1920
Back in 1910, horse-drawn plows cleared the streets!

Back in 1910, horse-drawn plows cleared the streets!

Take a trip down Memory Lane to Front Street in the early 1900s
Life on Sparrow Lake in the early 1900s

Life on Sparrow Lake in the early 1900s

This week's Trip Down Memory Lane reflects on resort life in the region
Vandals have often targeted the Champlain Monument

Vandals have often targeted the Champlain Monument

This week's trip down Memory Lane reflects on 1935 incident at famed Orillia monument
Strike up the band for this trip down Memory Lane

Strike up the band for this trip down Memory Lane

Pavilion and bandstand still in use in Couchiching Park
Orillia appeared to be larger than life in early 1900s!

Orillia appeared to be larger than life in early 1900s!

This week's trip down Memory Lane is all about tall tales
Rail line through Orillia was always busy in the early 1900s

Rail line through Orillia was always busy in the early 1900s

Fire destroyed original train station in 1916; current building was constructed in its place
This is the earliest known postcard view of the downtown!

This is the earliest known postcard view of the downtown!

Photographer climbed original tower of Opera House to obtain the image
Andrew Carnegie's philanthropy built Orillia's library

Andrew Carnegie's philanthropy built Orillia's library

Price tag for library, opened in 1911, was $11,715