Friday, April 5, 2013

No More Oil Can

The final chapter on a well-known downtown fixture was written this past week as the Oil Can Tavern was demolished after having sat vacant since last summer.  The building had been around since the 1930's, and for good or for ill, helped give Fort McMurray its reputation as a boom town.

Even in death, there remains some controversy as the block on which it is located is part of a downtown redevelopment plan involving the construction of a 6000-7000 seat arena.  I'm not sure of the wisdom of such a structure smack dab in the downtown core in a city already plague with traffic and parking issues but I'll leave that debate for another day.

I'm sure there are quite a few people who have lived here much longer than me that stopped to look and perhaps recall some stories surrounding the former pub and the role it played in the fabric of our ever-changing city.

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