Happy Birthday Winnipeg!

The River City officially turned 140 years old on Friday, marking the day it was incorporated in 1873.

Winnipeg didn’t come into existence without some resistance though.

Four years prior, there was so much opposition to the idea of making Winnipeg a city that the speaker of the legislature, C.J. Bird, was tarred and feathered.

When Winnipeg was first incorporated, it had 12 city councillors (at the time they were known as aldermen) and four wards.

The limits of the city stretched to Burrows Avenue west of Main Street, Aberdeen Avenue east of Main Street, to the south banks of the Assiniboine River and to the east banks of the Red River. As for the west end, it ended at Maryland Street, Notre Dame Avenue and McPhillips Street.