The CPR train station at 8th Street and Columbia St. in New Westminster, BC – Then & Now
Yesterday I went out for a walk. Now that the festivities have subsided regarding the unveiling of the monument commemorating the photo ‘Wait For Me, Daddy’, I decided to check it out.
They have also placed images from New Westminster’s storied past. New Westminster is not very big in area. Just eight square miles or thereabouts. Many of the old buildings are still in existence.
Above is the old train station. It is now vacant having recently shut down after serving as a steak house for many years. I hope the city will polish it up and perhaps it could serve as a museum.
The images are all taken in the vicinity of 8th St. and Columbia. The first image with the crowd of people is of Hyack Square where the monument now stands. The prominent building that you see still exists and is a Salvation Army Thrift Store. The middle photo is the stair wall that has all these images on it. Hyack Square, by the way, sits between the Salvation Army Thrift Store and the old Train Station.
The third image was taken at 8th Street looking up Columbia St. The taller building to your left still stands and house a coffee house on the main level with offices making up the rest to the building.
And this is the monument that now stands in Hyack Square. The detail is remarkable.
I really like the expressions and with all the hands reaching out the division of this family has already begun.
The artists commissioned for this piece did a fabulous job of capturing this in a rather odd vortex of sorts. It also lights up at night.