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Thirteen Aerial Photos of Atikokan, 1950s to 1970's.

The photos are arranged roughly in date order.

Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, August, 1950.

The caption on the back of this postcard dates the photo as August, 1950. The railroad runs from east (left) to west (right). Most of the buildings on Main Street haven't been built.
Photo by Photographic Survey Corp. Published by Canadian Post Card Company Ltd., Toronto.
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Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1950.

Probably the same aircraft flight as the photo above-- now looking due north.
The caption on the back of this postcard dates the photo as August, 1950. Most of the buildings on Main Street haven't been built, and Don Park is about half completed.
Photo by Photographic Survey Corp.


Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, early 1950's.

Thanks to Susan Bryk for this photo which seems to be the original version of the postcard photo above.
Susan says: " From south of the tracks, on Main Street from west to east -- North side: Curling club, Dustak's house, Ross' rooming house, Iron City Cleaners, Burke's Rooms & Apartments, Newman's, Lee's Steak Grill.
South side: Dolmar Motors (now M & C Motors), Refrigeration and Electrical Appliance Service, Lindsay's Home Furnishing, Landry Apartments, Fraser Electric, Sinclair's Restaurant, Walt's Dry Goods, building owned by Jim Sinclair housing Nelson's Insurance, Roseman's Furniture Store (plus numerous small businesses in back), no Hudson's Bay yet. "
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Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1953.

Looking from north to south. O'Brien Street runs diagonally from the bottom of the photo and across the Atikokan River. Note the two bridges -- the small original bridge is at the right with the new bridge being built beside it. The Rockton Hotel is in place (I remember when they trucked it in pieces from Steep Rock) but neither the Hudson's Bay, Chapples, or the Atikokan Progress, among many others, have yet been built.


Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1953.

Looking from west to east with Main Street running from bottom left to top centre. The old original townsite is at the far right near the roundhouse. The curling rink is the large building at the far left. The O'Brien St. bridge can also be seen further up, running off the left edge.


Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1953.

Don Park was the first large housing subdivision, situated at the north-west end of town. Most of the curling rink can be seen at the far right edge, near the bottom.


Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1958.

Thanks to Susan Bryk for this photo which was taken in 1958, from the north.
It shows the main downtown area.
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Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1960s.

Don Park is at the bottom of this postcard photo which may have been taken in the 1960's, but I can't see anything distinctive to date it.


Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, about 1960.

Thanks to Dave Edmunds for this photo. They lived on Pine Crescent which is in the foreground. He thinks the photo was taken around 1960.


Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1967.

Thanks to Susan Bryk for this photo which was taken August, 1967, from the east.
Alder Ave., Sumac Rd. and Ceder Crescent are in the foreground.
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Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1967.

Thanks to Susan Bryk for this photo which was taken August, 1967, from the south-east.
It shows the downtown area.
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Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1960's.

Postcard from the mid-to-late 1960's, published by Alex Wilson Publications Ltd., Dryden, Ontario. It describes Atikokan as having a population of "over 7000 persons and destined to double this population within a few years".

Noticing that this view is quite different from the one on Google Maps (2020) I asked Susan Bryk to comment. She said: " . . . . it is looking west with the highway crossing in the bottom left side. The subdivision in the foreground would be the Saturn Ave. Trailer Court (Steep Rock Trailer Court in the 1960's). In those days, there wasn't a Hwy 622. It was called Saturn Avenue -- you turned right off of MacKenzie onto Zuke Road and right off of Zuke (following the curve) onto Saturn Avenue which followed a slightly difference course to join Hawthorne at a different location than it does now. The straight line of road in the front is Little Falls Road."


Atikokan Ontario aerial photo, 1970.

Postcard showing downtown area, with Main Street running diagonally from left to right.
Published by Peterborough Post Card Co. Photo by H.R. Oakman.
The card was mailed to England in 1970.
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