From Lumber to Racquets

PAN NIVA - [View of teamsters and horse-drawn delivery wagons in front of Coast Lumber and Fuel Co. Ltd.] 191- WJ Moore photo.

CVA – PAN NIVA – [View of teamsters and horse-drawn delivery wagons in front of Coast Lumber and Fuel Co. Ltd.] 191- WJ Moore photo.jpg

The address of the yards of Coast Lumber & Fuel Co. was at a corner of Bodwell Road* (today’s 33rd Avenue) and Ontario Street. According to a City website, there was a streetcar track along Bodwell Road, so that, I’m figuring is the avenue down which the camera was facing. And, unless I miss my guess**, the direction the photographer was aiming was east, so that puts the yards just across 33rd  (north) from the location, today, of the Vancouver Racquets Club (SE corner 33rd and Ontario)***. That also puts the yards near the NW end of what today is called Queen Elizabeth Park (the site of the Bloedel Conservatory and a wonderful expanse of Vancouver parkland near the heart of the city).

A view from behind the yards appears below.

PAN NIVB - [View of lumber and stove wood in yard of Coast Lumber and Fuel Co. Ltd.] 191- WJ Moore photo

CVA – PAN NIVB – [View of lumber and stove wood in yard of Coast Lumber and Fuel Co. Ltd.] 191- WJ Moore photo.

Notes

*Bodwell Road was named in honour of Ebenezer Vining Bodwell (1827-1889), a Member of Parliament representing the Ontario riding of Oxford South, a lawyer and real estate broker, and (briefly), president of the Vancouver Board of Trade. He headed the Board in 1889 and died in Morley, NWT (now, Alberta) while holding that office. Mr. Bodwell was also a member of First Baptist Church, Vancouver and was selected to lay the corner stone at FBC’s second building (located at the SE corner of Hamilton and Dunsmuir).

Item D-07113 - Ebenezer Vining Bodwell Library & Archives Canada. EbenezerViningBodwell23 WJ Topley photo

Ebenezer Vining Bodwell. Library & Archives Canada PA 033207.n.d. W J Topley photo.jpg

**I’m so guessing because the track appears to curve to the right in the topmost image. And, because 33rd Avenue today proceeds eastward from Ontario in a similarly curving fashion (turning into Midlothian Avenue as it turns to the SE). In contrast, 33rd, facing westward is a very straight-as-an-arrow avenue.

***And a stone’s throw – or, better, an outfielder’s throw – from where Nat Bailey Stadium is today.

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