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    Place your fond or not so fond memories of Edmonton's past here.
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  • #2
    I remember when gas was .35 cents a litre--and when it went up to .40 thinking it was time to park the car!

    I remember when a nice person would come out and pump from the bowser for you and ask if you wanted your oil checked. (I always did because it was the only way it ever was checked.)

    I remember when Manulife II had shops in it. Dania Down Quilts is one that springs to mind. There used to be the best place for baklava and Turkish pizza in the food court in ML II.

    I remember coming from the south side up any hill and seeing cranes everywhere. (Oh wait this view is back, yeah!)

    I remember when the Edmonton Bay building actually had a Hudsons Bay Store in it.

    I remember when driving out to the International Airport seemed to take forever and the highlight was the grain elevator at Ellerslie with the quote John 3:16 “for God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten Son.” I miss that grain elevator.

    I remember when the Rat Hole was a dark and wet way to traverse 109 Street—it was unique and a hoot to drive though.

    I remember when travelling and mentioning that I was from Edmonton (…Alberta…Canada) drew blank stares and then the question how close to Toronto, Vancouver etc. inevitably followed. WEM helped change that and the World Games and the Masters and the Grand Prix…and the fact that Edmonton truly is the best city, in the best province in the best country in the world.

    Thanks Bill, I remember when you used to say this and it rang hollow—no more. Edmonton truly is a first class city and I wonder what people will say twenty years from now—what will they remember…how will Edmonton circa 2006 be remembered as?

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    • #3
      I remember when stores would decorate the front of their buildings during Klondike Days. Now it's just another day to come into our stores and buy something. BORING
      Noah's ark was built by volunteers...... The Titanic was built by professionals.

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      • #4
        Probably more recent memories than most but here goes

        I remember living on the SE edge of Millwoods and not seeing any houses there

        I remember when Millwoods town centre was still known as "the new mall"

        I remember when travelling to West Edmonton Mall there were traffic lights and trains to stop for because the Whitemud didn't exist

        I remember when a ride on the ETS cost me $.80

        I remember when the Milner Library wasn't known as the Milner Library and when there were just concrete steps there instead of a Second Cup
        Time to grow up.

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        • #5
          I remember...

          When Westmount Mall was "new".

          The Misericordia was in a field.

          Going to a drive in movie at the St. Albert Drive in and seeing Roadrunner cartoons. Eating Klondike burgers too....before there was a Village tree mall.

          Parkland drive in. Twin drive in and the movie Poltergiest.

          16X was a gravel road, then the twinning. Now it is just 16.

          The "new" LRT.

          My days in the crew room and in the jump seat flying into YXD - and how PWA was a family then...including the hockey teams.

          WEM was a dream, and a fight.

          CFRN was in the middle of nowhere.

          Centennial Mall and that copper fountain - I cut myself on it.

          The intersection/overpass on 170th and SP road. Now we have the intersection from h3ll.

          What's a Wal Mart? Is that a Woolco?
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          • #6
            I remember when....

            -Television anchorpeople would dress up in Klondike garb during Klondike Days.

            - Bonnie Doon and Southgate (plus probably others) malls would set up a mini gold panning scene in the middle of the shopping centre so kids can win little prizes.

            - Drive-thru pick for groceries at Woodwards.

            - The only thing open on Sundays was drugstores and mom-and-pop stores.

            - Lining up for over 30 minutes to buy booze at ALCB liquor stores during Christmas. And paying over $20/case to buy off-sales beer at the Strat.

            Oh the memories......

            p.s. Speaking of CFRN I remember the little Indian boy they used as their mascot. Every Klondike Days the kids would get a CFRN paper Indian headdress.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by North Guy66
              p.s. Speaking of CFRN I remember the little Indian boy they used as their mascot. Every Klondike Days the kids would get a CFRN paper Indian headdress.
              Oh crap, I forgot about that one!!!!! Almost as funny as Popcorn Playhouse!!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by RichardS
                Originally posted by North Guy66
                p.s. Speaking of CFRN I remember the little Indian boy they used as their mascot. Every Klondike Days the kids would get a CFRN paper Indian headdress.
                Oh crap, I forgot about that one!!!!! Almost as funny as Popcorn Playhouse!!
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                • #9
                  No 'dissin' here - I ate cake there too!
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                  • #10
                    I remember when 51 Ave was a gravel road
                    When 63 Ave became 4 lanes
                    When 75 st was a gravel road Where McDonaslds on cCalgary trail & 51 Ave was basically the outer edge of the city
                    Where Southgate mall is was the southside drive in
                    When the Derrick club was in the middle of nowhere

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                    • #11
                      I remember 23 ave being a gravel road and there was nothing west of 119st.

                      I remember my father pulling me on sleds through the Whitemud ravine and seeing dozens of abandoned cars.

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                      • #12
                        When there was an RV campground at 51 Ave and 99 St.
                        When an oil derrick just south of 51 Ave welcomed motorists into the city.
                        When you entered St. Albert by reaching the bottom of the hill, travelling south on Hwy 2.
                        When Leons and that old drive-in theatre off 137 Ave was in the middle of nowhere.
                        When it took 45 minutes to drive down Jasper Ave on a Saturday night.
                        When the A & B Sound on 106 St downtown was an ALCB store.
                        When that same area of downtown was full of derelict warehouses and teeming with homeless people, drug dealers and hookers.
                        When the Allard Block on Jasper and 112 St was a gravel parking lot with some colorful trailer permanently parked at the far end (can't remember what its purpose was).
                        When one could drive north on the High Level Bridge.
                        When the west side of 109 St downtown was a railyard with just an A&W and a CPR building.
                        When the Princess Theatre on Whyte was a porn theatre (I could be wrong about this but that was the impression I had as a teenager).
                        When the crossroads of Hwys 2 and 16 was the intersections of Kingsway and 109 St, plus 109 St and 111 Ave.
                        When YEG was just a perfunctory bus stop for jets.
                        When there were only 2 flights into the US.
                        When YXD had that ugly yellow interior to greet you as you got off the plane and into the baggage pickup.

                        “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                        • #13
                          Ok, so I'm a little younger then some and it might show... but here I go.

                          - I remember the tornado and how it threw pipe through my Dad's office window on 17th st. (he's ok...we were in victoria)

                          - I remember shopping at Heritage Mall and it being busy.

                          - I remember winning the cup for the last time.

                          - I remember Club Malibu. (all of them) my neighbour in Duggan was a part owner

                          - Visiting the Centre Club with my Dad to play squash and looking at Gretzky's locker with the plaque mounted on it

                          - Woodward's.....

                          - When Eagle Hardware came to town... and then left



                          Sorry, I got nothing else.
                          Shameless Urbanophile

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sonic Death Monkey
                            When the Allard Block on Jasper and 112 St was a gravel parking lot with some colorful trailer permanently parked at the far end (can't remember what its purpose was).
                            That was the Motoraunt (sp?) Restaurant. They were famous for the 10 pound burger.

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                            • #15
                              - When it was called Mayfair Park, not Hawrelak Park.

                              - Edmonton police cars were coloured light yellow and white which made them look like scrambled eggs.

                              - Playgrounds had monkey bars and merry-go-rounds.

                              - There was a Safeway every six blocks and a bank every seven blocks.

                              - Us little kids telling dad to honk his horn whenever we drove through the rathole.

                              - Watching Star Wars five times one summer at the Odeon Theatre, where the Likwid Lounge occupies today on Jasper ave.

                              - The "robot lady" speaking gibberish on a downtown street corner with the old preacher guy standing near her.

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