Kingston’s Market, 1907

Market, square, Kingston, OntarioIncorporated in 1801, Kingston’s Market has been a focal point of Kingston life for over two centuries. The above photo, taken around 1907, reveals a very different time, yet a very familiar place. Edwin Horsey wrote in 1937.

… the present market on a Saturday is only about half the size it was fifty years ago. Then not only the square was filled, but farmers wagons stood on both sides of Market Street, also on both sides of King Street between Brock and Clarence; it extended up the south side of Brock Street to Wellington and along Wellington to Clarence Street.” Perhaps a few of you continued to contribute to Market Square’s storied history as Kingston’s prime meeting spot and joined the crowds this past Saturday!

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