John Street at Main, the entrance to Cork-town

The 19th Century Entrance to Corktown, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec
The 19th Century Entrance to Corktown, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

John Street at Main, the entrance to Cork-town.

Prior to the 1844, the only road that allow access to the Mountain was John Street. Also, it was the only street that allow access from the bay to Cork-town.

James Street had two bogs that blocked North-South traffic; one at Hunter and another at Barton. Irish immigrants would land at the docks in Port Hamilton and walk up John into Cork-town. Hopefully, finding family or friends to give them a place to stay.

Published by Chris Erskine

Inspired by architecture and landscapes, my art explores our relationship to place, memory and identity. As a mid career artist, my art practice includes: painting, murals, short films, and sound art.

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