Morton Avenue

1800 Block Beach Avenue - Detail from Goad's Atlas of the city of Vancouver - 1912 - Vol 1 - Plate 8 - Barclay Street to English Bay and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

1800 Block Beach Avenue – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 8 – Barclay Street to English Bay and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

Morton Avenue is a very short street that runs west from Denman Street to an intersection with Beach Avenue, where the upper number 71 appears in the plan above. It is essentially a western extension of the lane that goes between Pendrell Street and Davie Street on the east side of Denman Street.

Beach Avenue and Morton Avenue are the only designated avenues in the West End. [Elizabeth Walker, Street Names of Vancouver, 1999, p. 11, although there is no reference to Morton Avenue.]

Source of name

Morton Avenue first appears in the 1909 Vancouver City directory. It is probably named after John Morton (1834-1912), one of the “Three Greenhorns” who, in 1862, preempted District Lot 185, which is now the West End of Vancouver.

Elizabeth Walker, Street Names of Vancouver, 1999, page 91; Richard Edward Allen, A Pictorial History of Vancouver: Book 1: Origin of Street and Place Names, 1982, pp. 19 and 94.

 

1813 Morton Avenue

1830 Morton Avenue

1835 Morton Avenue

1839 Morton Avenue

1883 Morton Avenue (or 1883 Beach Avenue)

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