BC old-growth sawmill demolished
The largest of the old-growth log sawmills on the Fraser River is being demolished, signaling the decline of the big timber logging that built British Columbia.
The mill’s death shows just how much the forest industry has changed, owner Donald “Chick” Stewart, 83, who bought the mill 47 years ago when it was located on False Creek, told The Vancouver Sun. It was destined to be demolished in 1973 as part of the re-development of that part of Vancouver before Stewart stepped in and shipped it in one piece to Port Kells.
This time, it’s a lack of logs that has spelled its end, said Stewart, co-owner with his wife Marilyn, of S&R Sawmills, the province’s largest custom-cut sawmilling operation.
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