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Sheila Gordon submits Canada 150 Banner Project design

Congratulations to Sheila Gordon for her Canada 150 Banner Project design


Canada 150 & Eamon’s by Sheila Gordon

This is the second year of the Banner Project sponsored by the Rotary Club of High River, by the Town of High River, and by the High River Library.
Sheila’s submission shows the historic Eamon’s Garage, with its iconic Eamon’s Camp sign, against a backdrop of the Canadian Flag.
Information available from the Library website indicates that entries to the 2017 Banner Project closed on May1. Banners will be displayed throughout the month of September in the Library Art gallery.
A panel of Community jurors will consider each design and select those which will be printed in a size of 30″ by 73″ and mounted on light standards throughout the Town.

Congratulations to Sheila for a well conceived Canada 150 Banner design.

Ticket Sales open for Eamon’s Fundraiser

Ticket Sales are now open for the Eamon’s Garage Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday June 17, 2017

Inspired Events Catering is organizing a Long Table event to take place on what we are calling “Festival Street” (4th Ave SW) in High River.

Inspired Events Long Table Dinner

Long Table Dinner tents ready

4th Avenue SW was rebuilt in 2015 to accommodate street festivals and hence the moniker we have given it. In the fall of 2016 Inspired Events staged a successful Twilight Long Table Dinner / Dance using tents and tables set up right there on 4th Avenue.
On June 17, we will be repeating a similar event, this time in support of the Eamon’s Garage restoration project.


The historic Eamon’s Garage arrived in High River, January 2016

In the year since then, screw piles and steel beams have been installed and the building was recently moved on to its permanent foundation.
This multi-year project needs your support to succeed. The building has been neglected over the years and will need significant reconstruction.

Arrival of the dumpster

Come out on June 17. Enjoy a festival meal. Dance to a classic Rock Band.

April 2017 Eamon’s Work Day

April 22 2017 Eamon’s Work Day

A dedicated crew of workers weathered 3 degree C temperatures in the early morning on a Work Day dedicated to preparing the Eamon’s Garage building for new plumbing and electrical.
Good thing it warmed up later in the day. You can clearly see that the building is well “air conditioned” at this point. In fact you might even call it “open air”
You can see the screw piles and steel I-beam foundation now supporting the structure.
Wes Shaw and the crew from Shawnee Excavating can also be seen dumping one of the many loads of fill required to prepare the floor for its future new pad.
Photos in the Gallery are courtesy of Lillian Shavalier.

New – Old Eamon’s Garage Photos

New photos arrived today, courtesy of Gary Sundholm. Thanks Gary!
He mentioned in his note that the pictures were taken in August of 1997.
Hope you enjoy the additions to our archive.

If you have any photos in your collection which you are willing to share with River City Classics, please attach them to an e-mail and send it to rivercityclassics@gmail.com

Eamon’s a little bit of History

This article is excerpted with permission from the original
by Andrew Guilbert, Avenue Magazine, July 27, 2015

You may reach the complete, original article here.

The Story of the Eamon Station
An authentic piece of Calgary art deco architecture.


Photo Courtesy Bob Everett (former Eamon's owner)

Photo Courtesy Bob Everett (former Eamon’s owner)

Gas stations dot the landscape in Calgary, but the Eamon station’s Art Deco meets Streamline Moderne building is certainly one of the most noteworthy, or at least it was before it was placed in city storage in 2012 in order to make way for the Tuscany LRT station.
It’s no wonder then that people like former owner Bob Everett have stepped up to try and restore the storied building to its original location. “I know that building inside and out and I know what a historic jewel it is, and that’s why I’m fighting so hard,” says Everett. “If I did make a few bucks [off it] a long time ago, I’ve more than spent it fighting to try and see the right thing’s done.”
Photo Courtesy Bob Everett (former Eamon's owner)

Photo Courtesy Bob Everett (former Eamon’s owner)

The station was once part of Eamon’s camp, a site that started with a drive-in diner in 1949 and grew with the years to incorporate the Texaco dealership known as the Eamon station as well as a 12-room bungalow camp, eventually becoming what Eamon called a one-stop tourist centre.
The restaurant was destroyed after it caught fire in 1961 and the opening of a nearby section of the Trans-Canada highway in 1966 prompted the closing of the station when Texaco was unable to acquire the proper licenses to work off the highway.

Banner, Screw Piles and Steel on site

Eamon’s Project Update for Sept 7, 2016

Check out the pictures. The Banner, Screw Piles and Steel are all on site and we’re ready to go the next step.

Thanks to our sponsors, Base Pile & Anchor and Groenwold Construction for getting us to this point.
That’s Herman you see standing in the back of the pick-up supervising scraping of the work site prior to installation of the Screw Piles.

Eamon’s Garage project needs Site Supervisor

The Eamon’s Garage project is urgently looking for two Experienced Volunteers.
Think of this as the equivalent of a Sponsorship Opportunity only its for “sweat equity” rather than dollars.
Each volunteer will be recognized by name on a Sponsorship Banner and on a Garage Mounted Plaque.
Key to the project will be the Site Supervisor. This individual will schedule the work of other volunteers and oversee the project timeline.
We are also looking for the services of a Plumber with experience in bathrooms, sewer and pump out tanks.
If you would like to become involved in the project and assist your community, call Jeff Johnstone, Eamon’s Project Manager, at 587-894-4175.

Four Sponsors contribute directly to the River City Classics

We’d like to recognize the sponsorship provided to RCC by four of our local, High River, businesses.  Their generosity will make it possible for us to donate to local charities in the future and will also further our work on restoration of the Eamon’s Garge.

Our main sponsor for the T-shirts was Shawne Excavating and Trucking


Supporting sponsors were Tractorland, Farmboy Landscaping, and Stash Garages.

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The sponsors have been recognized by the Club through the addition of their logos to the back of the Club T-shirts which were available for sale at the Canada Day Show ‘n Shine and future events.


It is impossible to stage an event without the support of our volunteers and our corporate sponsors.


Thanks to Shawne, Farmboy, Stash Garages and Tractorland for helping us with our local community projects including the Eamon’s Garage.  We hope we can count on your help in the future.

Eamons Postcard added to Memorabilia

We recently received the attached pictures of a postcard from the 1960’s showing Eamons Motel as it was at the time.

1960 Eamons Motel Post Card (exterior)

Pictures on the outside suggest the amenities available to the road traveler on the way to Cochrane and beyond.

1960 Eamons Motel Post Card (interior)

The map in the inside shows how small Calgary was at the time. Notice that Eamons was on RR #4, definitely outside the City limits.

We aren’t sure of the story behind this postcard. If you or a someone else you know could give us that story, we would be happy to hear and publish it.

Eamon’s Garage arrives in High River

Eamon’s Arrives !!



The historic Eamon’s Garage made its way from its storage location in Stavely to the High River Agricultural Society grounds on Tuesday. The move was right on schedule with the building already located on its temporary “rig matt” pad by 12:30.

By all accounts it was a delicate operation, carried out with finesse by Holmes Building Movers. One visitor quipped that the move was so smooth that the spice jars still located in the kitchen of the old building were still in place when it arrived on site.

IMG_1429The iconic building arrived complete with its Super Service sign along with the electric stove and fridge which were in use on its last day of operation many years ago in Calgary.


It has taken some years but the building has now made its journey from one long term location, on Hwy 1A (Crowchild Trail) near the community of Tuscany in Calgary, to its new long term location on the AG grounds here in High River.

Members of the River City Classics Car Club are now picturing it restored to former glory as a meeting place for the local car crowd.

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Local contractors and RCC members will be undertaking the future restoration work. Once the suitability of the location has been verified, Groenwold Construction will be excavating and preparing the foundation. Thanks Herman and Cornelius!!.