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VIDEO: This is what downtown Prince George looked like in the 1950s

A local businessman captured a moment-in-time on Third Avenue
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A still from the footage which was uploaded by the Exploration Place in 2016. (via Hans Roine/YouTube).

Downtown revitalization is a hot button topic this election season, but what was downtown Prince George like in its hey-day?

A couple of years ago the Exploration Place uploaded a video to YouTube of an average day on Third Avenue in the 1950s.

It’s a fantastic look into Prince George’s past and a by-gone era.

The footage was captured by local Prince George businessman, Hans Roine, as a part of a series of 16 mm films he made around town.

The Exploration Place describes Roine as active in the logging and lumber industry in the middle of the 20th century and instrumental in establishing the use of pine as a construction material.

He captured changes in the city's industrial sector on film and captured other social and economic subjects of the period.

This moment-in-time footage shows downtown bustling, with the street full of cars and the sidewalks full of pedestrians.

Roine captured glimpses of cyclists riding by, whole families shopping, and kids playing in the back of a pick-up truck.