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A derelict building called the Anders Roadhouse which now serves chiefly as a billboard structure for the Ford dealership in Quesnel. It's a classic "saltbox" with a straight front facade, two storeys of windows on the front, and a collapsed dormer on the rear roof pitch. It stands by the side of the highway about 5 km. north of the Fort Alexandria historic cairn. Does anyone have more detailed information about it?
It was getting late in the evening on a summer day in 2003 when I stopped, and I regret not spending more time painting a better watercolour of it. I haven't been back since ....
Further investigation, in A Tribute to the Past by the Old Age Pensioners' Organization, indicates that this was the 183 Mile roadhouse owned by W.J. "Buckshot" Anders, whose main occupation was threshing for farmers between Soda Creek and Quesnel. It comprised a small farm, store and change-stop for the BX stages. This appears in my book, Vanishing British Columbia, on page 178.
McDougall, 2014: My grandparents owned this house -
both are now deceased, but they raised their 4 daughters in
the house - the oldest daughter is my mother. I have fond
memories of this house when I was little - I am now 52. My
grandparents lived in the house up until about 1973, when they
moved into a "new" house across the highway on their land.
Thanks for the pictures- it is sad to see it go downhill. One
wishes there was a large pot of money to save these homes.
Note from Alan Paul, 2011: I have some info on the house in your pics on the ghost town website. The Anders house was built in 1896 by Master Builder John Mackin. It was a roadhouse stop for the BX Stagecoaches. I have a lot more info if you are interested, including a description of the interior circa 1904 when the Pauline Johnson room was named. The pics are awesome, I have never been inside, just rode along by it with my parents and always wondered about it. I made it a mission to find out about it with great success, so if you are interested in anymore info just ask.
photos from a correspondent requesting anonymity, 2009:
I have always thought that house was so cool. I grew up in
Quesnel and remember passing by it when I was little and
thinking it was really neat. It was last summer that my friend
and I went and tried to explore it a bit. It is really run
down, the top floor is collapsing into the bottom, and there
is a large hole cut in the front door. We took a few pictures,
but did not want to risk the house falling on us, so it wasn't
nearly as in-depth as we would have liked. Also, the woman
from next door chased us off, lol. There is still a lot of
furniture in the house, and when you go around back you can
see up into the 2nd floor. The old wooden stairs in the house
are beautiful! Not sure what is up with the gate 1/3rd of the
way down tho, weird.