We’re learning more about the old Royalite Oil Refinery that was built some 60 years ago in Kamloops.
A couple of weeks ago, we ran a question from a Daily News reader who was curious to know if there were any old photos of the refinery — particularly from its early days under the Royalite name.
We were unable to dig up any from the City’s archives, but a reader sent us a photo of the operation from 1980.
Then, last week, Valleyview resident Donna Reed called to say she had found a photo in her family album.
“I’ve got a picture of the refinery, if you’d like to see it,” she offered.
“It’s a photo of my ex-husband standing in front of the refinery.”
A.G. (Dan) Campbell was the project manager when the refinery was being built in 1953 beside the Kamloops Airport.
The refinery changed ownership three times in its early years, so most Kamloops residents likely remember it as the Gulf Oil refinery. It closed under the Gulf Oil name in 1980.
Reed has a remarkable memory of its Royalite days, though.
She was able to name several key employees during the construction phase, including carpenter foremen Frank Rota and Jack Bonner.