The Royal Bank's Bathtub

The Royal Bank's Bathtub

When the Royal Bank built a new building in 1928, running water was still rare in Quesnel homes. The bank manager decided to include a full bathroom complete with a claw foot tub, since a high standard of hygiene was expected from the staff. Word soon spread and customers also requested to use the facilities. Since the roads were not paved and were notoriously dusty, the bathtub was a particular boon to ranchers or miners, who could transact their bank business and get cleaned up for a night on the town. On the eve of a major social event it was necessary to draw up a schedule to accommodate all the bathers. As indoor plumbing became more widespread the bathtub fell out of regular use, but former bank staff still fondly remember it filled with ice and beer during parties. Which explains why the Royal Bank display includes a teller's cageā€¦ and a bathtub.