There was a time in Canada, or in particular Western Canada that Beaver Lumber yards could be found in some of the small towns that dotted the prairies. (see history below)
The small prairie town that I grew up in had a Beaver Lumber yard that resembled this one that resides on my 1950's HO train layout.
Of course its a given that once I completed the building of this scale model lumber yard, I would build a sign to display on the roof that was typical of the Beaver Lumber yard signs found in the 1950's and 1960's.
As the source material for my Beaver Lumber sign, I used a photograph of an old abandoned Beaver Lumber yard outlet that I shot photos of in the ghost town of Robsart Saskatchewan several years ago.
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History of Beaver Lumber...…
Beaver Lumber, originally began in 1883 as the Banbury Bros. Lumber Company in Wolseley, Saskatchewan. Banbury Bros. Lumber Company bought its local rival, Gibson Lumber, in 1904 and two years later joined with the Regina Lumber and Supply Co., creating a business with twelve lumber yards.
A thirst for expansion resulted in the Banbury brothers striking a deal with some Winnipeg lumber yards. A new name was needed that was in some way connected to wood, so when Edwin Banbury suggested "Beaver", the company identity was created in 1906 and would become an institution in parts of Canada for another 90 years.
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