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  • Cover, Jubilee Souvenir of Galt 1897
    Cover, Jubilee Souvenir of Galt 1897
  • Cover, Preston Springs Hotel Brochure c.1920
    Cover, Preston Springs Hotel Brochure c.1920
  • Fire map of Preston 1910
    Fire map of Preston 1910
  • Cover, Hespeler Canada Souvenir of a Factory Town 1901
    Cover, Hespeler Canada Souvenir of a Factory Town 1901

Laura, Queen's Square | October 10, 2015

Anyone interested in our city's past -- before the 401 and even before automobiles -- should take a peek at our newly digitized local history documents. These fascinating booklets are full of unique photographs and show a seemingly simpler time in Preston, Hespeler and Galt.

Included in our collection are:

Jubilee Souvenir of Galt, 1897 [PDF]
Snapshots of life in early Galt with profiles of town leaders, major businesses, hospitals and schools.

Preston Springs Hotel & Mineral Baths, c.1920 [PDF]
Full brochure from the famed hotel in Preston, including guest rates, health services as well as photographs of the rooms and surrounding area.

Fire insurance plan Preston, 1910 [PDF]
These detailed maps of old Preston show where houses, factories and other buildings were located in the city as well as their design and construction.

Hespeler, Canada: a souvenir of the factory town, 1901 [PDF]
A look at early Hespeler with profiles of town leaders, major businesses, hospitals and schools.

For more early Cambridge resources, search our catalogue for Cambridge Ont history or browse our topic guide devoted to Local History.