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WATCH: Famous 110-year-old Watson House in Vernon demolished

The historical building was stripped and torn down on Monday
Crews were hard at work demolishing the Watson House on Highway 97 south of Vernon Monday, Dec. 4. (Bowen Assman-Morning Star Photo)

A historical Vernon landmark was demolished on Monday, Dec. 4.

The old Watson House, formerly used as the Vernon Chamber of Commerce building, was stripped and torn down by crews, signalling an end to the 110-year-old house.

The home was originally located at 788 East 35th Avenue, before moving to its final location on Highway 97, near the army camp. After its use as the chamber of commerce building, it was also the city’s visitor centre.

It was built in 1913, for the Watson family, at a $12,000 price. It was moved to its present location in the early 1990s.

According to an archival book, former Watson family members remember the house fondly.

“As a child, Joe Watson remembers the house with many rooms. In the old days, the house overlooked orchards and vast open fields. The town was so small that the Watson children, walking the mile and a quarter to Beairsto School would remark at the sight of a stranger,” the book said. “Now, the town is so filled with strangers its the people he knows that stands out in the crowd.”

“Regardless of how busy its grown, to this elderly man, Vernon is still the best town in the world.”

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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