The Last Moments of The Albion Hotel

On Mothers Day, May 8th, 1983, every mother in town received the present they were hoping for. The end of the storied Albion Hotel. Built in 1883 by brothers John and Angus McLeod, the hotel stood for 100...

Portage la Prairie At Night

The punchline would state that this town looks better in the dark.  And while surveying our fair city by the light of day one may argue it would appear some of it looks like it was put together in the dark...

Reindeer Boogie

A Hoop and Holler Christmas card to brighten your spirits this Solstice season with a look at some of the Winter lights from around town. Then watch and listen to the Reindeer Boogie by Canada's own Hank Snow,...

Christmastime in the City

This past week marked the beginning of the Winter lights season with the commencement of the Island of Lights show and Winter lights parade. There's a lot of lights going up all over town so we thought we'd...

Duck Walk VIDEO

This morning while walking over by the Portage library I met Rick Deleau of the Cinema Centre. He was taking a picture of something on the Boulevard.  Turns out it was this Mama Duck and her eight...

A Perfectly Preserved One Room Schoolhouse

West of Portage la Prairie, and a little Northwest of Austin is Edrans. Not much of a town, more a of a district.  It's there we met up with Robert Smith, whose Great Grandfather, a homesteader in the area,...

New Albion Hotel Fire Photos Discovered

With the overwhelming response to the Albion Hotel fire story, we went looking for more photos of that historic day. Here's more from the Albion Hotel fire. Firefighters hose down east wall. They look...

Trains Hit The Mall

There's nothing like a model train to bring out the kid in you. New, at the Portage la Prairie Mall this Christmas season is the Save the CP Station Store. With  N, O and HO scale models set up, you can...

The Epic Metropolitan Fire

Sunday, July 26, 1976 saw the end of the Metropolitan Store (The Met).  The Met was a a hub of activity in the downtown. A five and dime type dollar store and lunch counter is what I remember. There's...

Prisoner of War Camp @ Newton Manitoba

Did anyone know there was a World War Two Prisoner of War Camp at Newton, Manitoba? This video highlights a local collectors discovery  of an artifact revealing some of the history of this camp.  You never...

Captain Canuck back in Portage

On October 30th, The creator of Captain Canuck, Richard Comely was back home here in Portage la Prairie.  He and Fadi Hakim, producer of Captain Canuck The Animated Web Series were on their way to C4 -...

Yosh 7 – Winter

With the arrival of winter this week, The Hoop and Holler thought it only appropriate to look back with Yosh Tashiro at some… well… SNOW. More snow clearing on Saskatchewan Avenue. Again, look at the...

November 11

With Remembrance Day approaching, we take a look back with Yosh Tashiro, at some of the images surrounding the Cenotaph and the military presence in Portage over the years. Saluting the fallen as school...

Halloween II – The terror continues

Here's a few more shots from the archive of the evil that lurks in Portage la Prairie this time of year. It looks like they were giving out waterfowl instead of candy that year... The haunted Mall....

Halloween

Here’s a few of Yosh’s snaps from Halloween past. The archive, albeit vast and full of treasures often lacks accompanying info. Let us know if you know anything about these “scary” photos. Now here's...

Autumn/Harvest

Thanksgiving. On Thursday, January 31, 1957, the Parliament  proclaimed:  A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on...

Let’s Go Bowling!

The building that the Portage and District Arts Centre sits, was once Portage la Prairie's  "...most modern building", housing the epic Delta Lanes 10-Pin Bowling Alley. Here's a look from the Yosh...

Yosh 3 – Elevator Fires

Remember all the elevators along the tracks. A few went up in flames. Here’s a look at one of the Pool elevators going up. If you were there, let us know. We’d love to hear about what you saw that...

Yosh 4 Elevators and Overpass

Here is our final installment in our theme of the overpass and grain elevators from the Yosh Tashiro Archive. Skyline Bridge under construction Looking East along Fisher from about 6th street. Are...

From the Lake to the River

The third vignette in the A Days Walk series originally produced for MTS TV in 2010.  This short takes the viewer on a quiet story book journey from Lake Manitoba to the Assiniboine River. With an emphasis...

Aerial Photos – Flood 1956

  Here's a great set of photos from the Tashiro Archive. They were all labelled under one title so if anyone can identify the locations, let us know.   Yosh index 7394. Date April 24, 1956....
Yosh index: 10327. Date: Oct 3, 1954. Title: Delta Cottage owners work to stop flooding.

Delta Flooding 1954 / 1955

We found more flood photos from the Yosh Tashiro archive  Here's a look at Delta beach in 1954 and 1955.   Yosh (No index). Date Sat May 7, 1955. Title: Lake Manitoba Floods Delta. Caption: THIS IS A...