Hello, welcome back to the blog! I will point out again that this episode dealt with suicide, if you or anyone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please know that you are not alone and there are people and places to help. If you are in Canada - Crisis Service Suicide Prevention Line - 1-833-456-4566 this number is available 24/7. You can also text 'START' to 45645. If you are in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.
So let's start with the Bushwakker Pub. So the first thing that I talked about is the great Cyclone of 1912 in Regina. If you'd like to see some images of the destruction, you can see those HERE, it's incredible just how much destruction occurred here. So Bushwakker was built after the Cyclone and the building remains today.
Here is what the building looks like today:
I have found some newspaper articles from the death of James Strathdee which you can read below.
Here is the article:
So as you can see in this write up about him, he was quite involved in the community. He left behind his wife and four children. Such a tragedy, I will note that there is no mention of a car accident and of course I don't know close dates to when that could have happened. So I'm not sure if there was a brain injury involved.
They do talk about an inquest into the death and I'm sure it was just a formality because in this article, it seems pretty apparent that it was a suicide.
In The Leader Post the very next day, there was a small article stating that the inquest was not necessary. It also announced his funeral date .
Now it's James Strathdee that the staff believe still remains at the Bushwakker and I think it could definitely be a possibility.
The last thing that I wanted to include because I like to just visualize things like this, is where he was found. Now there was a story that he possibly died right across the street but according to the newspaper articles, it looks like this is about where he would have been found. It's still relatively close to the Bushwakker and it was near train tracks.
They have their own craft beer and what looks like an amazing menu. So if you're able to check out the Bushwakker, stop in for a beer, some good food and keep your eyes open for Mr. Strathdee. Make sure to let them know where you heard about them.
The next place we're going to talk about it the Olde Angel Inn in Niagara. I hate to pick
favourites but this place is definitely one of mine! It's a beautiful little place, I loved talking to Graham, and I think if he is any indication of how the rest of the staff are, this is a great place to visit. It's got such a great story and I just love places that have been maintained so well, it looks modern of course but it also looks like you're stepping back in time, so many little neat things to discover.
So I had Graham send me some images from the interior and he very nicely sent them to me. So we have some of the cellar where most of the reports of seeing Captain Swayze come from. He also sent me an image of the spot on the one beam he told us about that used to have a gun that hung there back in the day. The story is that no matter how many times the spot is painted, this outline comes back!
So here are some images of the basement where Graham said you can see the original stones from the first building's foundation. AMAZING! In the third picture I can see the wine on the right, I think this is where the one employee was grabbed.
Here is the image of the beam with the gun outline. Very cool!
And lastly, here is an image of the flags that fly out front! So thank you so much to Graham for taking the time to send those. PLEASE check them out HERE
I said in my blog about the Lower Fort Garry site that I would stamp my Paranormal Guarantee on it...I would for sure stamp it on the Olde Angel Inn as well.
Finally, let's talk about the St. Louis Train Lights.
There isn't a lot image wise to show you but the small town of St. Louis can be found in Saskatchewan. There are videos online, quite a few on youtube of people capturing the light. So check those out. Now as I said this is on private property right now, so I don't feel comfortable sharing the exact location of the site...though I'm sure you can find it if you look hard enough online, I know others have provided the location. This is a tiny little town but I think could be a really neat little stop over on a road trip!