Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

Ragged Ass Road

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 24 August 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Ragged Ass Road is a well-known street in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; Tom Cochrane named his album Ragged Ass Road after it. The street itself was named by Lou Rocher and his friends after a season of hard work and no profit; they were sitting around one night, drinking and joking that they should call their street Ragged Ass Road, as the term "ragged ass" meant dirt poor, which is what they were after a long season of prospecting, so, jokingly, they made a sign and put it up on the street. The City of Yellowknife later officially adopted the name.

PENTAX K200D 1/180 second F/6.3 ISO 100 750 mm (35mm equiv.)

Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
Benjamin Franklin


I don't think of myself as a role model. I do try to live in a compassionate, considerate and positive way. The only advice I can offer is to find what you love to do, find the joy in it, and express yourself through your passion.
~Barry Williams

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid

24 Aug 2010 5:53am

@PATRICK: Thank you Patrick! ;-)

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

superb composition

24 Aug 2010 7:44am

@Olivier: Thank you Olivier! ;-)

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great and very original story.
Thx for sharing it !!!
Nice shot.

24 Aug 2010 8:08am

@DowsherVision: Thank you very much DowsherVision! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Very interesing.. great shot.

24 Aug 2010 8:25am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Good and strange composition , Phil.

24 Aug 2010 8:41am

@Phil: Thank you Phil! ;-)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

haha this is good !! love it

24 Aug 2010 9:46am

@Veronique: Thank you very much Veronique! ;-))

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Many of the good things and happy born around a good table! How many unknown stories would make us smile! Thanks you very much Eric for this smile tomorrow! Best regards, Adela

24 Aug 2010 12:01pm

@Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-))

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I have felt like one of these many times! This is a wonderful shot Eric - I love the perspective and it makes me want to get up to Yellowknife even more than before. Thank yu for conveying this!

24 Aug 2010 12:27pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! Definitely an interesting place to visit..... ;-)

Judy aka Ladybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is funny - and a good shot of the sign. I doubt you'll see anything like this in the little Greek town of Tarpon Springs, come Monday! Try names like Dodecanese, Athenian Way, West Athens, etc. ;D

24 Aug 2010 12:41pm

@Judy aka Ladybug: LOL....thank you very much Judy! Guess there are not many rednecks there.... ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb composition and I like the tones of the photo .

24 Aug 2010 12:55pm

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-))

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Cool street , even more cool the name of the street :))

24 Aug 2010 1:04pm

@MARIANA: LOL....thank you Mariana! Always cool to live on a street with a cool name! ;-))

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

Very interesting how the name came to be...at first I thought "Silly Tuesday" but there is some hard truths to this name!

24 Aug 2010 1:28pm

@Shar: Thank you Shar! Guess there is a little of both involved..... ;-)

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Your finding some great old stuff Eric. Cool to see.

24 Aug 2010 2:30pm

@Terral: Thank you very much Terral! ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Ragged ass is more a name for an English pub than for a street. Nice shot, and an interesting explanation

24 Aug 2010 2:53pm

@Calusarus: LOL...thank you Fred! You are probably right...... ;-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I think I am on that road this morning!

24 Aug 2010 2:56pm

@Tracy: LOL....lots of people live on that street Tracy! ;-))

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Eric, Good detailed pic I love. Cheers

24 Aug 2010 4:09pm

@El pare: THank you very much Manel! ;-)

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~`fantastic image and find Eric!!love it!:)

24 Aug 2010 4:18pm

@kate: Thank you very much Kate! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Got a smile out of me...cute shot...

24 Aug 2010 4:56pm

@StarCosmosBleu: LOL....thank you very much Marcel! ;-))

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

That's one helluva good story Eric.

24 Aug 2010 5:41pm

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! ;-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

GREAT find!

24 Aug 2010 5:52pm

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much Ralph! ;-)

Sunder from Chennai, India

Well spotted and good information..
Like your composition and the framing of the sign between vertical and horizontal posts...
Very nice..

24 Aug 2010 6:14pm

@Sunder: Thank you very much Sunder! ;-)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

lol! great find! great info! nicely framed composition!

24 Aug 2010 6:40pm

@Wild Mustang Photography: Thank you very much Pam! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Great story! And what a name it is. Haha. I wonder what parents do when they need to teach their children their address, but also discourage them from using those "certain words..."

24 Aug 2010 7:55pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! I guess that would put them on the horns of a dilemma..... ;-))

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Cool shot and a nice bit of local history. Thanks for sharing.

24 Aug 2010 8:03pm

@Graham Russon: Thank you very much Graham! ;-)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Eric! Could you sing magic Bus to me!!!!!!

25 Aug 2010 1:06am

@Wild Mustang Photography: For your anything Pam! ;-))

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Terrific story good for a laugh; thanks.

25 Aug 2010 1:07am

@GJC: Thank you GJC! Glad you enjoyed it! ;-)

Satvik from Columbus, United States

That's a funny street name :) Nice shot Eric.

25 Aug 2010 3:10am

@Satvik: Thank you Satvik! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I like the story! thank you for the good laugh!

26 Aug 2010 5:43am

@Japanalia: Thank you Gabriela! Glad you enjoyed it! ;-)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

superb clarity! and what a great story to go with this image! thanks for sharing :)

26 Aug 2010 7:56am

@Magda: Thank you very much Magda! Glad you enjoyed! ;-)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Always a smile seeing signs like those!

26 Aug 2010 2:22pm

@Dutçh: Thank you Kristen! ;-))

PENTAX K200D
1/180 second
F/6.3
ISO 100
750 mm (35mm equiv.)

sign
street