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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

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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 !!

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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.

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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!!.

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Global News Media Interview

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Global News to visit High River Wednesday Jan 13th 2016

On Wednesday, we understand that Gil Tucker of Global News will be meeting with Jeff Langford and other representatives of the RCC at the new home of Eamon’s Garage on the High River Agricultural Society grounds.
Focus of the 9:45 am visit will be individual perspectives on the arrival of the Garage and its meaning to the surrounding area and to the River City Classics Car Club.


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Join Jeff for the event!! Brave the snow and bring along your “fair weather” classic vehicle.

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Eamon’s Garage on the Move !!

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Mark Tuesday January 12th 2016 in your Calendar !!  Bring your cameras!


The Eamon’s Garage building will be moving to the High River Agricultural Society grounds on Tongue Creek Rd.

We anticipate that the Garage will arrive between noon and 2 pm, with its location on the AG grounds to be just west of the existing “Call of the West” Museum.


Eamons front facade

Eamons front facade


Our President, Jeff Langford, passed along two other pieces of information.  Firstly that he expects local media to be in attendance for the move and secondly, the building mover has requested that we wait for arrival of the building on the AG Society grounds vs along the route to the grounds.

Eamon’s Station coming to High River

Eamons front facade
Eamons front facade

Yesterday, the High River Times reported that the historic Eamon’s Station will be moving from storage at Stavely to a location just west of the Call of the West Museum on the Ag Society grounds.


 

The project is a joint effort of the Museum, the Agriculture Society, and our Club. Pictured with the article are Al Millard, Museum founder, Dale Howard, facilities manager for the Society and Jeff Langford, our president.

The Eamon’s building, originally constructed in 1949, stood at the western boundary of Calgary on Highway 1A (Crowchild Tr) until 2012 when it was removed to storage by the City of Calgary to make way for western expansion of the LRT.


 

See page 10 of the November 24th High River Times for the full story.


 

Quoting Jeff Langford… “Anyone who is in business in town who can help, either with materials or labour as we go along, we would really appreciate getting some help for that.”

Contact project manager, Jeff Johnstone @ 587-894-4175 to offer your help with the project!

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