A historical society and car club in High River, Alta., are hoping to raise more funds to finish restoring a classic local landmark.
“The older folks like myself, it brings us back to when we were young kids and took our cars to service stations similar to this,” said Ray Bouillet, president of the Eamon’s Garage Historical Society. “And also it’s part of the history.”
The Eamon’s gas station was a landmark for travellers heading out to the mountains.
“This building is very unique because of the position it had in Calgary, out on the way to Banff on the highway until the Trans-Canada was built,” Bouillet said.
It was originally purchased by the City of Calgary in 2012 to make way for the park-and-ride lot at the Tuscany LRT station.
After spending more than $250,000 to save the building, it was sold by the city to the River City Classics Car Club for just $10 in 2015.
Now, the two groups are working to restore it to its former glory. So far the building, which has been moved to its new home next to the High River rodeo grounds, has received new concrete heated flooring, insulation, drywall and some fresh paint — more than a thousand hours of donated time and materials.
“What we’re trying to do is put it back into a typical 1950s, 1960s Texaco service station,” he said.
The front part of the station will be a museum, the east bay a meeting space that can be rented out, and the west bay will be set up as a mechanic’s bay, complete with period-correct tools and a classic car with the hood up.
“To see the garage removed originally was kind of sad to see it go,” said Jeff Langford, president of River City Classics Car Club. “It brings you back to a similar time and educates the younger generation about how things used to be.”
Langford said the building, while it does require a significant amount of work, has “good bones,” and he hopes to see the museum up and running by next summer.
The car club will be raffling off a custom 1929 Ford Tudor in September to help pay for the restoration project.
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Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
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