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March 16, 2014


Pacific Highway at Old Yale Road Looking from the location of James Wilson’s “Toy Cottage” (1883) to  the old rancherie of John Douglas a half-mile further down the Old Yale Road, the scene of this key highway junction with the Pacific Highway appears bucolic and relaxed on a sunny day in 1931.

The view is from the current location of King George Station.

In  July 1910, the new Yale road route from the New Westminster bridge was opened up — along the route of the present King George Blvd  —  winding up the hill and then heading  due south to this spot,  where it met the old Yale road coming up from the river.

The new route was re-named Pacific Highway and paved with concrete in 1920.

In the above view the pavement of the Pacific Highway was more than ten years old and showing signs of wear.

The view is looking west down the Old Yale Road — the Pacific Highway winding round to the right and the Quible road little more than a trail to the south.  The utility poles continued to be maintained on the Old Yale Road.

In addition to the new route up from the bridge,  in the summer of 1910 the Yale Road was improved from this junction right through to Langley.

“The Yale road is also being straightened and gravelled through the timber from the top of the hill in towards Murray’s Corners. When the road was built powder was at a premium and it was cheaper to go round large logs than to blow them out.The consequence is that the road winds a good deal. It is now being straightened out, and also widened considerably.”

Yale Road through the Green TimbersThis view  is of the Yale Road – later called Pacific Highway and now Fraser Highway – straightened, widened and gravelled as it ran through the Green Timbers.


Looking north from the junction was  the old homestead property of EB Ingebrigtsen seen below as it appeared in 1931.

In the foreground of the photo is a tree which could be one of the hundreds planted by the Kiwanis along the route of the Pacific Highway from the US border to the Fraser River Bridge.

In the 1920’s the Kiwanis Club sponsored a campaign to beautify the highways by planting trees, both on the road margin, and on private property along the highways. In an  inaugural project in 1925 Norway maples were planted on both sides of the highway for a distance of  five miles from the US border.Pacific Highway north of Old Yale Road

Pacific Highway photos are from the Vancouver Archives.

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