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Rue William-Bartlett

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Photo: Bill Cox
This short gravelled road was named in honour of William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), a British artist, born in Kentish Town (now part of London, England), best known for his numerous steel engravings. From 1822 to 1829 he did his design apprenticeship with the architect John Britton. His designs were used to illustrate Britton’s books and those of other London editors. 

Avenue de Varsovie

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Photo: Adrian Grycuk from Wikimedia Commons
This street is named in honour of  Warsaw (Varsovie in French, Warszawa in Polish), the capital of Poland. The city was founded around 1280 by the dukes of Mazovia, who built a castle on the Vistula River. 

STREET VIEWS: The story of Rue William-Marsh

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Photo: Bill Cox
This very short street in the Saint-Émile district of Quebec City is named in honour of a successful businessman in the shoe industry. It was around 1888 that William A. Marsh opened a factory to make high quality boots and shoes in the Saint-Roch area of Quebec City. It was located in a large building on Rue Saint-Vallier Est between Rue Dorchester and Rue Narcisse-Belleau.

STREET VIEWS: Rue William-Scott

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Photo: Bill Cox
This street is named in honour of William Scott (1822-?) who was of Irish descent. His first marriage was to Camille Laberge and the second was to Eleonore or Ellen Archer, who was from Ontario. In 1871, he owned land and two houses in Cap-Rouge.

The story behind Rue Van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch painter whose subjects, during his early years, were peasants and still lifes. Like the older Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, he adopted the light-darkness method, as seen in the Potato Diners (1885). 

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Avenue Watt

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Avenue Watt is named in honour of Scottish engineer James Watt (1736-1819). In 1763, James Watt was working as instrument maker at the University of Glasgow when he was assigned the job of repairing a Newcomen steam engine and noted how inefficient it was. In 1765, Watt conceived the idea of equipping the engine with a separate condensation chamber.

Côte de Trenton

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Photo: Bill Cox

This short dead-end street in the Côte du Lac region of Quebec City near the Montmorency River is named after the Trenton formation – a large vein of limestone that runs along the St. Lawrence River valley from Montreal to just past Quebec City. Outcrops of the rock on the heights of the Beauport and the Chateau-Richer regions are easy to mine.

The story behind Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel

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Photo: Bill Cox
This major thoroughfare is named in honour of former Quebec City Mayor Wilfrid Hamel, who was born in L’Ancienne-Lorette in 1895. 

The story behind Rue des Violettes

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Photo: Bill Cox
Most of the streets in this area of Charlesbourg are named after flowers such as zinnias, roses, lilies, dahlias, orchids and sunflowers.

Story of Avenue Jules-Verne

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Photo: Bill Cox
This busy commercial street is named after Jules Verne (1828-1905), a prolific French author whose writings laid much of the foundation of modern science fiction. Verne’s father, intending that Jules follow in his footsteps as an attorney, sent him to Paris to study law. While continuing his law studies, he fed his passion for the theatre, writing numerous plays.
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