Side profile headshot of L.S. Vaughan

Vaughan Avenue

Vaughan Avenue commemorates the long service and guidance to the community by two remarkable surveyors, father Amos Vaughan and son Lynds Smith Vaughan. Amos did the first surveys of the town and even labelled the streets on the first town plan.  He and his son L.S. alternated as town surveyors and councilors for more than…

People walking down Britannia Avenue in black and white.

Britannia Avenue

Britannia Avenue is a tribute to the connection that Selkirk residents felt toward the British monarchy. The avenue was likely named at the start of World War I when British patriotism was at its peak in the town.  British jingoism was at its height between the Boer War and the beginning of WWI.  Songs such…

A headshot of Thomas Lafayette Rosser

Rosser Avenue

Rosser Avenue recognizes former Confederate General, Thomas Lafayette Rosser. In 1881, as chief engineer of the CPR, he granted Selkirk’s fondest wish. For a price, he gave Selkirk a rail line, though such branches were against CPR policy. Many thousands of extra dollars changed hands before track was laid. Within a year, Rosser was fired…

This is a black and white photo of Eveline street with tall buildings on either side from the early 1900s.

Eveline Street

The name Eveline was given to the muddy trail behind the busy waterfront in 1875.  Eveline was most likely the wife of inn-keeper and entrepreneur, John Greig. Before the creation of Selkirk, the “inner trail”, as it had been known for 50 years, led along the river bank to Lower Fort Garry. The fur trade…

Headshot of John Christian Schultz

Schultz Ave

John Christian Schultz had come to prominence by leading the “Canadian faction” opposing the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia Led by Louis Riel. He invested in Selkirk and came to own the land that became Clandeboye, Manitoba and Superior Avenues. He built the first Merchants Hotel in 1877. John Christian Schultz  A Real Scallywag After Louis Riel…

Picture of James Colcleugh

Colcleugh Ave

Colcleugh Avenue is named for Selkirk’s first Mayor and founder, James Colcleugh. As a contractor on the telegraph line between Rat Portage and Manitoba, Colcleugh reached a spot tentatively called “Selkirk” which was to be “the crossing” of the Red River.  The location was just a mark on a railway map – not even a…