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“George Hotel, Moose Jaw”, Canada

By Hay & Robertson Ltd  c.1920

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Dunfermline Linen manufacturers, Hay & Robertson, exported their fine linen all over the world to households, cruise lines and hotels, one of which was the George Hotel in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

The Royal George Hotel was built in 1911 in the city of Moose Jaw, originally a small prairie town which at the beginning of the 20th century became a stop for the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

Owing to its location, Moose Jaw was in an ideal position for the transit of alcohol, both legal and illegal, and the town had quite a reputation as a hot bed of boozing and bootlegging. Its rail depot was the busiest in the prairies!

In the 1920s – during the days of prohibition – raids on the local hotels were commonplace. On one occasion, Provincial Liquor Commissioner, Allen Hawkes, raided the George Hotel and found seventy two empty beer bottles and three kegs of beer!