Thunder Bay – No Hope For This City

History of 19th century building preserved

Heritage advisory committee takes photos, artifacts from historic 19th century McLaurin building

Coun. Larry Hebert, who sits on the heritage advisory committee, said members were able to go inside the building to take pictures and collect a few artifacts.

“This is an historic building. The McLaurin building was the first independent store outside the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company established in Thunder Bay,” Hebert said on Monday.

“We’re really pleased they were able to get us in there and get some pictures and we can get them recorded along with a few artifacts.”

Hebert said the committee members were able to take some bricks and pieces of wall from the former store, which he added might be the city’s oldest brick building.

“It’s a very historic area around here on the (Kaministiquia) River,” Hebert said. “With (John) McLaurin, who was a real entrepreneur in his day, establishing that store here was really something significant.” – Tbnewswatch

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…The McLaurin building was the first independent store outside the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company established in Thunder Bay…

Soooo, the oldest building in the city, a building that dates back to the Northwest Company and it cannot be saved?  It HAS to be demolished?  Can’t be moved?

..“We’re really pleased they were able to get us in there and get some pictures and we can get them recorded along with a few artifacts.”

Hebert said the committee members were able to take some bricks and pieces of wall from the former store, which he added might be the city’s oldest brick building….

Photos? Artifacts? Bricks? A piece of a wall? Oldest brick in the city?  They were pleased to get these?   I believe a complete building is more of a tourist attraction than some photos, artifacts and bricks.

And where are these photos, artifacts, bricks and a piece of the wall going to go?  The Thunder Bay Historical Museum has no room to display all of the material it has now.

Another piece of our history is going to disappear. There is no hope for this city.  None at all.

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