His­tory recorded in blog

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pam­phlet for the Drumheller Main Street Pro­gram de­tail­ing the his­to­ries be­hind Drumheller’s old­est build­ings.

“When I was a young kid I re­mem­ber my dad and grandpa giv­ing me a copy of this coil bound book to read with the his­tory of all the build­ings in town,” says Cen­tury 21’s Bob Sheddy. “Twenty-five years later I went search­ing for that book, and while reading it, I thought that it was some­thing that de­served to be up­dated and put on­line.”

The blog uses Gaschnitz’s ini­tial ground­work, fo­cus­ing posts on in­di­vid­ual build­ings in Drumheller and re­lay­ing lo­cal sto­ries and his­tor­i­cal fact to put together a nar­ra­tive for each build­ing as its func­tion and ar­chi­tec­ture changed over the years. Dam­aged by fire, the chang­ing eco­nomics of the val­ley, evolv­ing tastes and needs, shape the lo­cal story as it de­vel­ops through the years.

Take the cur­rent Juras­sic Ink build­ing on 3rd Av­enue West. The build­ing was built in 1925 by a lo­cal miner of 35 years who built it as a gro­cery store with his own money. Dur­ing the miner’s strike he rented it out and it be­came a mil­i­tary shop, and later a Simp­son Sears or­der of­fice. Later it be­came a dress mak­ing shop, a hot tub rental store, and a beer and wine sup­ply shop, and then re­cently an in­surance of­fice, and to­day, a tat­too shop.

But the record is in­com­plete. Gaschnitz did not de­tail ev­ery build­ing down­town, and the blog­gers are look­ing for as­sis­tance from lo­cals who know the ins and outs of lo­cal his­tory to help fin­ish the list be­fore the ar­chi­tec­tural record is al­tered or gone for good.

“Drumheller has a rich his­tory and we want to help pre­serve it,” said Cen­tury 21’s Cas­san­dra Hous­ton. “If you have any in­for­ma­tion or old pho­tos to share please email them to power.realty@cen­tury21.ca or call Bob Sheddy at 403-823-2222.”

“It is easy for me to up­date the ex­ist­ing build­ings that weren’t tracked,” said Sheddy.

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