I thought I would put together a gallery of Thunder Bay's interesting and some old signs. I've added a few interesting looking buildings also to keep you looking ahead. All of these photos are my own.
An old warehouse on Simpson St. displays a sign from years gone by.
The West Hotel, also on Simpson St., is pretty run down and kinda dangerous I would think.
Another victim of shoppers moving away from neighbourhood stores. This one is located on Simpson St. also.
The Wayland Hotel is located on Gore St. in Westfort and is still a popular neighbourhood bar.
Vi's Tavern has been closed for a while and only the grease dripping off the sign remains. This one is on Bay St. near Water St.
This old building is off of Hardisty St. and I have no idea what is was or is aside from a tractor place.
For some reason Laundry and Cleaners stores did their signs up big.
Superior Motel on Cumberland St.
Sea-Vue Motel across the street from the Superior Motel.
Squitti's Gift Shop is located on Bay St. across from the famous Hoito Restaurant.
The Royalton is also on Bay St. at Court. It is said that Neil Young actually wrote a song in one of the upstairs rooms in the 70's.
Roach's Taxi just moved up the street to a new building. Good thing.
This is the top of the Renaissance Building in Fort William. It caused quite a stir with all the naked people on it when it was unveiled.
Prospector Steak House is in an old Bank of Montreal Building on Cumberland St.
More ancient writing on an old hardware store in Westfort.
Pier 61 bar in the Shoreline Hotel on Cumberland St.
The Moose Hall in Fort William needs some sign repair and flag repair.
Merla Mae's is a Thunder Bay tradition for many years. Located on the Memorial Strip.
The Mac's Store by my house.
The Lyceum used to be a theatre but now houses the old Roach's taxi, a vacant storefront and a flooded out storefront.
Lil's went out of business a few years ago and is now a motorcycle repair shop.
Kivela bakery is located behind the Hoito Restaurant and is on Secord St.
King's Motel is near the other two run down motels that I have shown above.
James Murphy was born and raised in West Liberty, Iowa, before, at the age of 21, moving to Thunder Bay to work in the coal industry. In his early years at the Lakehead he gained valuable experience as a contractor, primarily for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and in a number of other business ventures before, in 1903, establishing the James Murphy Coal Company. Soon he was shipping fuel throughout Northwestern Ontario and into Manitoba. The business, and his many years as president of the Daily Times-Journal newspaper, gave him a strong presence in the city. I took this from our museum website.
Newer store with an old sign.
Two of our local radio stations are in this building.
The rest are in this building.
Here is an old service station transformed into apartments.
Another laundry sign.
Sign on an old hardware store.
The Empire Hotel is located next to the West Hotel pictured earlier.
I didn't know they had their own block
Dresswell Cleaners on Syndicate Ave. is now closed and has become a pigeon condo.
I love this building next to our casino on Cumberland St.
The infamous Coney Westfort.
The CLE grounds main building. The Canadian Lakehead Exhibition.
Scarey old church on Secord St.
Chargex and MasterCard as seen in an old thread by Vid.
Cash and Carry on Hardisty St. Now closed.
Car Wash on Cumberland St.
Blue Parrott Restaurant.
Old service station in Westfort.
No David Hasselhoff here.
used to be a nice red Lambo.
Atkinsoon's in downtown Port Arthur.
Apollo bar used to be The Apollon Rest. but is now a hangout for college and university students.
Here are some more that I found today.
An old HolidayInn.
Galaxy Bowling on Arthur St.
Superior Bowladrome on May St.
Kingsway Motel on Kingsway St.
Maybe more to come if I can find anymore interesting ones out there.
Hope you all enjoy. I enjoyed hunting these down and getting them for you.