A fun adventure, this tour is based on local lore about the tunnels. They were thought to be old wives tales until a car fell through the road about 20 years ago. Rumor has it that Al Capone ran a bootlegging business here.
There are two tours: The Al Capone tour and the Chinese History tour. Both use actors to tell the story. They get the tourists involved also. A little "Disneyish", but fun for all. Some stairs are involved
The branch of WDM in Moose Jaw is about the history of transportation in Saskatchewan. You will see large collection of antique cars, trucks and other vehicles. Also there are a lot of aircraft and steam locomotives.
It is a museum, open every day exept Dec. 25
There are two tours and each lasts 50 minutes. One tour is about the early history of Chinese immigrants in Canada. The other is about the Chicago connection and Al Capone.
City Hall is a classic structure. Gives this smallish city a regal air. The city may be small, but it is not to be trifled with (unless, of course, your name is Al Capone, then trifle away).
The City of Moose Jaw has one of the best websites around for a city of its size. If you are passing through Moose Jaw or staying overnight, I strongly suggest a look at the website so you can plan your trip.
Saskatchewan was tamed by horse, plough and thresher, but none of that would have been possible without the railroad to haul the cargo across the vast expanses of Canada for distribution.
This mural is named "Remember Old 80".
Moose Jaw was incorporated as a city on November 20, 1903. That means as I write this tip--Moose Jaw is 100 years and two days old. On theday of incorporation the newly formed city held a celebration at the Brunswick Hotel. It is said that the festivities lasted until 3:30 a.m. when God Save the King was sung by all in attendence. The Brunswick Hotel fell on hard times in the past several decades and was nothing more than an eyesore. However, the hotel has now been restored and is an asset to downtown Moose Jaw.
It is a charming tradition to decorate the old brick and mortar buildings with murals chronicling the history of Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan. In this case we have a mural showing the importance of agriculture in this part of the world. The endless grainfields of Saskatchewan are legendary and at one time they were farmed by horse and steam. Hard day's work for both man and horse.
Most people associate Al Capone with Chicago and Alcatraz. But the infamous and cutthroat mobster had to get his bootleg booze from somewhere. It became impractical supplying the thirsty denizens of a city the size of Chicago with bathtub hootch. Capone was first and foremost a businessman--not so different than Ken Ley of Enron. Anything to turn a buck. Capone set up shop in Moose Jaw and secured good Canadian whiskey. He then ran it south to Chicago through Saskatchewan and North Dakota--not exactly havens for throngs of law enforcement. Capone got rich, Moose Jaw profited from the illegal trade and many competitors or underlings who got too haughty found themselves on the wrong end of a tommy gun.
They tell about the history of Al Capone. These are dug tunnels that take you from one building on one side of the street, under the street to another building on the other side of the street. The acting is spectacular.
At one time Moose Jaw was a trendy place. A Capone bootlegger dressed snazzily and had plenty of dames. Those were the days....