Soon after construction began on the Royal
Hotel in 1900 it was ruined by flood waters
and then rebuilt in the same location in 1902.
At one hundred rooms it was the largest
hotel in Weyburn for many years to come.
I believe the oval "scissors" window meant
there was a barbershop inside the hotel.
The fifth photograph is a postcard of the
hotel circa 1910.
Even though the decorative cornice molding
and second floor balcony are now gone, the
Royal Hotel is still a knockout at one
hundred and fifteen years old. The building
is still in excellent condition after all these
I remember visiting Weyburn when I was
much younger and every time I walked
past the "old hotel" I had to stop and touch
the rock wall. I did that again on both
these recent visits...it's almost as if
touching it makes it more real; a tactile
Photographed on October 29, 2017 (Nos.1,4)
and October 19, 2017 (Nos.2,3).
Photo No.5 image courtesy of Peel's Prairie
Provinces, a digital initiative of the
University of Alberta Libraries.