It’s becoming a ritual that is all too common lately. This time the news comes from tiny Keeler, Saskatchewan where the old hotel was lost to fire on July 4, 2017.
My personal history with Keeler is a pretty short one. I am sure Emily and I stopped in the town back in 2012, but I cannot seem to find any photos of the hotel taken on that trip. Our last trip was in July of 2016 on our way back from our final Ghost Town Convention. (By the way, that’s a teaser for an upcoming post.)
I remember a local stopping by as we were taking photos and warning us not to go inside because the floor was rotted and there was “about ten feet of water in the basement.” We certainly heeded his advice not only because the floor was missing just steps inside the front door, but also because the roof had caved in making any access more than problematic.
Realistically the hotel was little more than a shell with nothing much left in the way of artifacts. By any objective measure, its historical value was minimal and of little interest to anyone other than those of us with a crazy obsession with all things abandoned and historical.
For some other views of the hotel and Keeler, I have included a couple other links below.
Video from Home Town Saskatchewan, with the hotel featured at the 2:52 mark:
Photos from our good friend Mike Stobbs: http://www.pbase.com/impalass/keeler_sk&page=all
The drive down Highway 42 is going to be a little less interesting without seeing the Keeler Hotel sitting there anymore. One more piece of the past has been lost.
Hart, H. (2017, July 04). Keeler Hotel Burns Down On Canada Day. Retrieved July 05, 2017, from https://discovermoosejaw.com/local/54363-keeler-hotel-burned-down-on-canada-day
Hi Dan, can you contact. I’m writing an article for the MJ Times-Herald about the loss of the Keeler Hotel. Thank you.
What a world. I was thinking of my grandparents and googled Keeler. They owned the hotel in the early 60s. I was surprised to see pictures but I appreciate those that I found. I have nothing but fond memories of summers spent in Saskatchewan with my cousins from across the country. We would take turns going from the family cottage at Lumsden Beach to Keeler to “help” our grandparents. As the hotel was also a general we helped mainly by drinking pop, eating candy and ice cream and reading comic books. Thank you for posting these pictures.
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