109-year-old Transit Hotel in Edmonton to close its doors
A hotel that’s been part of Edmonton’s fabric since 1908 will close at the end of June.
“I was kind of shocked that it was going to happen that quick,” customer Bucky Russell said. “We’re going to miss it in the area because there are a lot of steadies around here.”
The Transit Hotel on Fort Road and 127 Avenue opened on Sept. 11, 1908 and was the only beer parlour along the Fort Trail to Fort Saskatchewan.
When it first opened, the Transit Hotel boasted 40 rooms, with many modern conveniences like bathrooms on the top two floors.
Patrick Dwyer built the hotel for $50,000 and, despite the hitching posts being taken down and some renovations, it kept close to its original look for over a century.
In 2008, the hotel was for sale, listed for $3.5 million.
On Wednesday, a Transit Hotel employee confirmed the business would close June 30.
Transit Hotel closing its doors after 109 years
Above the bar at the Transit Hotel sits a note that says it will be closing by the end of the month for economic reasons.
In the corner sit regulars in their 60s who reminisce about the bar's good old days.
The smell of old beer is a reminder that the bar has been here for a while and hasn't changed much.
And that's why the regulars keep showing up. The problem is there aren't many of them left alive.
"A lot of them went at a young age and a lot of them went at older ages," said patron Don "Bucky" Russell.
"I remember a lot of the old-timers, they used to be my customers when I was slinging beer in here."