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Anderson Sawmill coming back home

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016

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Powell River’s historic Anderson sawmill and steam donkey have been moved from Burnaby back to town, and will be installed in their new site across from Willingdon Beach, outside the Powell River Museum in summer 2017.

It’s big. It’s important. What will you tell your guests about the Anderson sawmill & steam donkey?

1. They were owned by the colourful local couple, Clarabelle and Andy Anderson. (Clarabelle’s image was painted on the side of the Chopping Block as part of the Murals on Marine series.)

2. The Andersons operated the mill on Powell Lake and then Mowat Bay for 28 years, in the 40s and 50s.

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3. They’ve been sitting at Burnaby Village Museum since 1976 – not restored.


4. It has taken over two years to coordinate moving permits, barges, cranes, flatbeds, trucks and other equipment to move the mill. The steam donkey alone weighs 39,000 pounds.

Steam Donkey at Catalyst Paper

5. Catalyst Paper, City Transfer, the City of Powell River, the Powell River Forestry Heritage Society, the Anderson family, and a grant from the Powell River Community Forest made the move possible.


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