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Time Traveller: Halloween in Edgemont Village, one year before the riot

Police officers and firefighters were called in to disperse a large crowd of unruly young people on Halloween night in Edgemont Village in 1966

The year is 1966, it is Halloween and young people are looking for something to do. Edgemont Village had become a gathering spot on Halloween in previous years, and this year was no different.

Local radio stations began reporting on the growing crowds, which only intrigued more youth from neighbouring areas to come check out the scene. It wasn’t long before the rowdy crowd started throwing eggs and bottles, causing damage to many storefronts and prompting the arrival of police cars and fire trucks. Fire hoses were turned on the crowd, and eventually several were charged with unlawful assembly.

This photo shows an intersection in Edgemont Village, ca. 1965, that one year later would be filled with teens. Can you spot the skeleton?

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