Eburne — Richmond, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
N 49° 11.896 W 123° 08.233
10U E 490003 N 5449505
Quick Description: Eburne's birth and death was due to bridges. When the first road bridge to Sea and Lulu islands was established in 1890 the commercial centre of Richmond shifted to here. In 1975 when the high level Arthur Laing Bridge bypassed Eburne it died.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 6/21/2010 7:33:24 PM
Waymark Code: WM93C6
Views: 4

Long Description:
Eburne

Up until 1975 you could still buy groceries at the general store and butcher shop in this area once known as Eburne. Just as Steveston was a centre for fishing, Eburne was the agricultural centre for the Sea Island and Lulu Island (Richmond) farmers.

Named after Harry Eburne, a store owner, the original Eburne community started on the Vancouver side of the river (renamed Marpole in 1916) and expanded to Sea Isalnd where you are standing now.

Eburne was one of the earliest communities in Richmond. The building of two bridges in 1890 to connect Vancouver and Richmond prompted Harry Eburne to build a general store and Post Office on Sea Island which was soon followed by a blacksmith shop and butcher shop.

The building of the Arthur Laing Bridge eventually took traffic away from this area. The last remaining store, owned by the Grauer family since 1912, was closed in 1975.

Seismic upgrading of the bridge in 1999 resulted in the removal of a willow tree that once stood in the garden of the Grauer family home. A replacement tree has been planted in this location as a reminder of our recent past.

Interested in photographs of Richmond’s past? Visit Richmond Museum or Achieves at the Cultural Centre or www.city.richmond.bc.ca

Historical signage and tree funded by the Vancouver International Airport Authority.

Type of Marker: Cultural

Type of Sign: Historic Site or Building Marker

Describe the parking that is available nearby: On street

What Agency placed the marker?: Vancouver International Airport Authority

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