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Main StreetThe Arches of Main Street

The wooden arches were rescued from the Town of Dauphin as they were tearing down the old arena, they were just 7 days away from being sent to a land fill site. As crews worked to disassemble the structure, a senior Dauphin resident brought forward a photograph of the then new wooden arches arriving by train. There in the picture was a clear stamp indicating the 32 ply nailed wooden laminate arches came from a former Russell business, the Glu-Rite Rafters Company, owned by Carl Mantie. It is now believed that this is a homecoming for the massive structures. The arches truly are both historical evidence of superior craftsmanship and modern engineering genius.

Main Street Revitalization

In 2007, eight intersections were adorned with wooden arches. These arches have been a stunning addition to Main Street and have created a buzz. But work will not stop there and with some major financial support from Canada's Action Plan –action is exactly what you will see. The majority of the goals the Main Street Revitalization Committee, a group of local business people, set out to achieve will be completed by the end of March, 2011. The major projects will include decorative lighting on the arches as well as new street lighting that will fit the theme of the street. Sidewalks will be expanded and furniture added to create a more pedestrian friendly environment. A green space, additional trees and general beautification of the street will round out the project.

This is an exciting time on Russell's Main Street and we hope you stop in to see the progress!