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Vancouver Sawmills and West Coast Hardwood in the 60’s and 70’s

My Great-Uncle Robert (Bob) McGregor was the founder of Vancouver Sawmills with his wife my Great-Auntie Maebel, which operated between 6th and 7th Avenue (1111 East 7th Avenue), just downhill from Clark Drive. It occupied a City block. There were several other business involved, West Coast Hardwood and Fleetwood Door. On the site was large dry kilns (see picture), several planers, a large sash gang to break down hardwood cants (another picture) and rail loading facility. A devastating fire in 1974 burned the place to ashes. The former plant was never rebuilt and now is occupied by Vancouver Community College.

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