Historical photo of Carrall/Cordova

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You can see the Rainier Hotel on Carrall Street in 1909 which is now home to several cafes: East Van Roasters, Nelson the Seagull and Rainier Provisions. On the corner of the building is the original hotel sign while another sign for "The Rainier Cafe" is also visible in the photo.

Running diagonally across Carrall Street is an old CPR rail line that ran from the waterfront to False Creek. You can still see the right of way for the line from aerial photos f the area and there are a few remaining sections of tracks along the route. The line was used until 1932 when the Dunsmuir Tunnel was constructed.

Credit: City of Vancouver Archives, Item: CVA 677-634

Lawrence Lee