We drove up to White River today for the purpose of seeing the statue of Winnie the Pooh and learn the story behind the famous bear. It was here that it all began in August of 1914 when LT Harry Colbourn who was a Veterinarian with the Army, purchased the orphan bear cub for $20 at the White River Rail Station as he was enroute to England. Since he was from Winnipeg, he named the bear Winnie. The bear was left with the London Zoo later in 1914 during his deployment to France.
|History of Winnie's Family|
|Plaque in Front of Statue|
The bear became a favorite with visitors and especially children..especially A.A. Milne's son Christopher Robin who often petted and visited the bear. So the storybook began and became a favorite of children for years.
We made a stop at the History Museum and the docent presented us with a more detailed account of the story. The 3rd weekend in August, the town hosts an annual Winnie's Hometown Festival. The rail station is now the visitor's center.
|White River Depot|
|Wooden Carving of Lt and Cub|
|Lt and Winnie, Christopher Robin Petting Winnie,White Rive RR Depot|
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Returning home, we decided to have dinner at "the Fireside Lounge and Restaurant" . Very good and nice atmosphere. Enormous fireplace in the diningroom with a very old fish scale and fishing rod hanging on the fireplace.
|Note Scale and Old Rod|