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The X-Files #1004 “Home Again”

In this week’s episode of The X-Files, a mysterious killer targets people hurting the homeless while Scully deals with a family issue.

The fire department sprays water at the homeless people while Daryl Landry watches and Joseph Cutler yells at them. This street is West Cordova Street between Abbott & Carrall in front of Community Thrift and Vintage.

Joseph Cutler is murdered inside his office located at the Architecture Institute of BC, just off Victory Square.

Scully comes to the hospital where he mother is lying in a coma after a heart attack. This hospital is inside the shuttered Crease Clinic at Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam.

Mulder interrupts an argument between Nancy Huff and Daryl Landry about the relocation and gets some information about the artist from a homeless man inside the distinct Arch Alley.

Scully watches from the car as a young man buys spray paint from a location hardware store. This store was setup at the Carrall Street Church.

Scully and Mulder follow the kid with the spray paint into an abandoned building. They head downstairs, through some tunnels, and eventually end up meeting the artist behind Trashman. They begin behind the Centre Lawn Building, before walking through the Riverview tunnels, and ending up in a room inside the East Lawn Building.

The homeless people from the city are relocated to the Franklin hospital where Daryl Landry is overseeing the operation. The front of the hospital is the Centre Lawn Building, and the interior is the Crease Clinic.

Scully talks to Mulder about their son while they sit on the beach with her mother’s ashes in Cates Park in North Vancouver.


I still need to identify the art thieves’ gallery and Nancy Huff’s house.

Gassy Jack, the Deighton House Hotel, and the Georgia Seagull Company

205 Carrall Street, Vancouver BC

“He was unsuccessful as a gold prospector so he built a saloon.”

(Source)

Nearly everyone familiar with Vancouver history has heard of “Gassy Jack” Deighton, whether you know him as the Hull-born ship’s captain turned hotel magnate and whiskey connoisseur, as a statue and amusing namesake for the Gastown district, or as the man who married his 12-year-old niece shortly after the death of his wife. 

What you may not have heard about is a little-known enterprise called the Georgia Seagull Company, a venture sparked by one Deighton Hotel patron complaining about the quality of the pillows. 

In the 1860′s, Deighton and a group of fair-weather impressarios created a plan to obtain cheap seagull feathers to improve the hotel’s comfort factor by digging a long trough on Lulu Island, and filling it with fish innards and quicklime. The idea was to trap the gulls, plucking them only so much that they would still be able to fly away and regrow their plumage, creating a constant supply. 

Unfortunately, this dazzling plan fell apart before it began, when it was revealed that the Georgia Seagull Company’s only capital assets were a half-drank bottle of whiskey and a box of cigars. 

The Deighton Hotel was a unfortunately a casualty of the Great Vancouver Fire in 1886, and was replaced with the Byrnes Block building shortly after, which still stands today. 

“Gassy Jack” Deighton died in 1975, but lives on in the form of a copper statue that’s a hotspot for tourist selfies. 

My Sources:

http://www.gastown.org/arts-culture/item/8260-throw-back-thursdays-the-brynes-block

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/284447.Vancouver_s_Old_Time_Scoundrels?from_search=true

Carrall and Cordova, 1890

The brick building was originally the Boulder Hotel. It’s still there, but has since had another floor added. The wood building on the left was originally Burrard House, but in 1889 changed to the Balmoral Hotel (not the current one on Hastings). Today it’s the site of the Rainier Hotel. Here’s the same view today.

Source: City of Vancouver Archives #Str P349.2