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I wanted to upload a photo for Halloween!
Something on the gruesome side of things for a change.

Here we have Blood Alley. A historical Alley in the heart of Gastown.

Not sure if you remember from my previous posts, but Gastown was the birthplace of Vancouver, and there are some scary stories from what went on here many years ago.

One of the best is Blood Alley.

Butcher shops took over streets, there were many more butcher shops than there were shopping stores.
If you wanted a fresh cut of meat, this was the place to go.

There were so many butcher shops in town, and with the lack of proper plumbing back in those days, it just made for a bad scene.

At the end of each working day, the butchers would wash off the blood from their stores and from their clothes while standing in these back alleys. They would also dump large buckets of blood. The blood would find its way down the alley, and into the main town square where the shops and locals spent their time.

The square was also known for public executions. It didn't take long for this area to be known as Blood Alley Square.

I'll add a WS photo as well.

Happy Halloween!

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