The Great Fire


The new Union Hotel

The Landing was abustle with spring activity [1911] and the Company was the centre of all movement. I went into the office where two men were standing over a blueprint. It was a plan of the newly conceived townsite. "There's a corner lot you can have for three hundred dollars. In time it will be worth three thousand." If he had said "thirty thousand" he might have been nearer the mark. At that time I think I had enough money to buy up the whole townsite; but I am glad I did not, for then I might have become a multimillionaire, and such a fate I would not wish anyone. (Service, Robert. Ploughman to the Moon. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co.,1945. Cited in Athabasca Historical Society 1986, 117)

The Original Grand Union Hotel
Athabasca Land Co. advertisement for Gateway Heights
Map , Athabasca Landing, July 12, 1911.
Massey-Harris farm implements
Northern news office
The United Church being built
Interview clip with C.J. Raynor Whitely, talks about land speculation and the commercial boom, 1911. Athabasca Archives, audio tape #8, accession #85.285.
The Empire store and owner C.A. Parker
Hudson's Bay Company Store
The Johnston home and bake shop on Skinner Street
Drugstore, Mr. H.F. Cull, druggest
Cull's drugstore, meatmarket, hardware store
R.C. Knowlton, jeweler
The new Grand Union Hotel
All Saints Anglican church
Pool hall, Grand Union Hotel, M. Brown
Farrell & Daigneault Store, Athabasca
The new Imperial Bank of Canada building.
Interior of the All Saints Anglican church
All Saints Anglican church
All Saints Anglican church
William Rennison's general store and post office
Athabasca meat market, 1911
Cote and Smith, surveyer office
Royal Bank of Canada, 1913
Auto party at the Grand Union Hotel
R.C. Farrel's general store, 1909
Brault and Viens, general merchants, 1914.

. . . My Dad and Mother had the first restaurant or boarding house, as it was called and was headquarters for the stage and mail route. We also looked after the spare horses used on the stagecoach. This building was located at the present site of the Macleod store. The barn which housed the horses was in the alley behind the restaurant. Scottie Willey, his memoir of his first years at the Landing. (Gregory, Athabasca Landing: An Illustrated History, 78)

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