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Registered: December 2009
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Standing at the corner of York Avenue and Memorial Boulevard in Winnipeg is the former Vaughan Street Gaol. It lays dormant as people pass by without giving it a second thought. Occasionally a tour guide pauses to tell tales of its former days. As tourists gaze at this building with its rusty bars and peeling paint images of inmates punishment and executions flood their imaginations. Indeed if these walls could talk they would reveal stories of how men women and children with many suffering from mental or physical disabilities were treated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Known formally as the Eastern Judicial District Gaol the building was erected in 1881 at the corner of York Avenue and Memorial Boulevard on a design by architect Walter Chesterton. The first jailer was Patrick Lawler who lived there with his family. The building was renovated in 1909 under the supervision of provincial architect Samuel Hooper. Currently only the first floor of the gaol is used by the provincial government. Cells in the upper floors have been removed along with all insulation and light fixtures but rows of cells remain in the basement.

13 people were hanged in this gaol with the last being the American serial killer Earl Leonard Nelson who was hung in 1928. Nelson murdered two females in Winnipeg following an eight month spree between October 1926 and June 1927 during which he killed 23 women in the USA. Nelson was eventually arrested escaped rearrested tried convicted and sentenced to death. He was housed at the jail for about a year.

The Friends of the Vaughan Street Jail was incorporated in 2004 with a mandate to research promote and preserve the gaol history.

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Registered: December 2009
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Sun June 25, 2017 2:24am

You will have to excuse the lack of punctuation in this posting but I really had a problem posting the attached comments and so I basically did away with all the commas, dashes, apostrophes, etc.. until the comments were accepted.


Registered: June 2013
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Sun June 25, 2017 11:33am

That window certainly holds a lot of history and it is interesting to read Jan.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Tue June 27, 2017 4:08am

If those bars could talk, what stories they could tell. You image oozes of sinister tones of men doing hard time - most likely for hard crimes. Powerful perspective, definitely tells a story without any words.

Registered: November 2008
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Sat July 1, 2017 8:27am

Great notes Jan and the photo has been processed extremely well,

PS there are many things which the PC server will not accept " ' among them as well as @

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