Moosejaw History…The Restaurant
Moose Jaw’s history is so interesting! We thought it would make a great restaurant theme. We make our own beer & Al Capone made his own liquor.
Moose Jaw History… A City in Canada
July 1881 – James Ross & Hector Sutherland were looking for land for the Canadian Pacific Railway. A spot in Moose Jaw was the best place to cross the river.
April 1883 – The first passenger train arrived in Moose Jaw. Moose Jaw’s downtown was: 6 stores, 5 saloons, 1 drugstore, 2 blacksmiths, 3 hotels & 40 houses.
Early 1900’s- The city build tunnels underground for the heating systems
1906-1936 – Moose Jaw Brewing & Malting Company was in business.
1985 – A truck fell through a street revealing the tunnels. Historians say that the tunnels connected several hotels. These tunnels served as brothels & saloons during Prohibition.
June 2000 – The Tunnels of Moose Jaw opened for business. They present the town’s history in a fun way.
Moose Jaw History… Al Capone’s Hangout?
Alcohol was legal in Canada during Prohibition. Al Capone was able to make & ship alcohol directly to Chicago on the railroad. Al Capone supposedly lived in a Moose Jaw motel across the street from the railroad depot. He operated his business in the tunnels under the city.
Our tribute’s to this past include:
- The Canadian flag is displayed in Moosejaw’s entrance.
- Large wood trusses used to build the restaurant are from Canada.
- The Shaved Capone sandwich is named for Al Capone.
Check out the restaurant’s walls for more photos!
Excerpts & pictures are credited to www.moosejaw.ca , www.virtualsk.com & www.tunnelsofmoosejaw.com