Monday, June 8, 2009

Day 159: Flour Mill

Day 159: Flour Mill, originally uploaded by susanvg.
Coming in to Montreal by train brings you past some downtrodden areas. The tracks swing around near the canal and the port. Before the St. Lawrence Seaway was built, Montreal was the main port for the Eastern half of Canada as ships could not pass the rapids in the river. There were grain elevators as trains arrived with wheat from the west. This building housed the Five Roses Flour mill. A large sign still sits on top of the building (visible from another angle). The word "flour" was removed when Quebec pushed for more visibility of French.

The sign has been a landmark in Montreal (though the text has changed over the years). It is very visible as you drive in to the city from the south shore. Since the building has been sold, there are rumours that the sign will be removed. You can read more about it here.

This is the sign in the day time - as it faces two ways, it is not as legible as at night.

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