Dave Allston's blog about west Ottawa's little-known history, with stories, photos and information covering the fascinating history of the historic Kitchissippi neighbourhoods.
Friday, July 27, 2018
The incredible Tunney's Pasture shantytown
This month's new issue of the Kitchissippi Times has just come out, and within it you'll find my column detailing an incredible piece of history that not too many people are aware of. From the early-1930s to as recently as the mid-1950s, there was a village of shanties and shacks that existed throughout the Tunney's Pasture property before (and even after) the government buildings came in. People with nowhere else to go lived year-round, some with huge families (10+ kids!) in tiny 1 or 2 room shacks made of cardboard, tarpaper and found materials. A lot of tricky research went into piecing the story together, and the end result has a lot of photos as well. It's an amazing story, one of my favourite that I've written. Please feel free to have a read at: