Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pics or it didn't happen

Last week, one of my 12pm city pics was the Blood Alley street sign in Gastown, (not the photo above) with my comment "This is a street that obviously has some history behind it".

However, reader Chris pointed out:
There actually is no history at all to Blood Alley. It was just a name given to it in the 70's to make it appear that it had some kind of a history...
Indeed he's correct. When I googled "vancouver blood alley", result number three yielded an interesting, informative article at BeyondRobson.com bearing out exactly what Chris says:
What makes Blood Alley famous is not it's aesthetic appeal, but that it is home to perhaps the largest amount of rumours, myths, tall tales, and outright fabrications in Vancouver history.
That certainly makes sense. But wait! Another reader commented:
There actually is history behind blood alley. This is where out of town farmers used to take their livestock to be slaughtered over 100 years ago.
This jives with google search result number six, SeeGastown.com:
According to stories Blood Alley was the location for a number of butcher shops. At the end of each day they would be rinsed out resulting in the inevitable blood in the street. As if that was not enough they used to hold public executions in blood alley square.
What do you think - tourist trap malarky or genuine historical Gastown landmark? Or is it maybe - borrowing from Chinatown - a little from column A and a little from column B?

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