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The First Fifty Years - 1949 to 1999

In 1949, the heavy oil industry was just being established in the Lloydminster area. 
Since then, many changes have occurred, not only in the technology of the industry but also in our daily lives.

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1949

1999

Lloydminster population 4,055 20,135
Trading area population 35,000 150,000
Building permits last year $856,000 $26,690,400
Local Refinery/Upgrader Production 1.49 million barrels 29.0 million barrels
Campbell’s Tomato Soup 2 for 0.25 0.67 each
Nabob coffee 0.62/lb 3.87/300g (2/3lb) 5.16/lb
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies 0.19/pkg 4.99/700g pkg
1 Dozen eggs 0.47 1.79
Crown Syrup 0.34/2lb tin 2.39/500ml
Carrots 0.28/2lb 1.28/2lb
Squirrel Peanut Butter 1.10/4lb  (0.275/lb.) 6.49/2kg  (1.48/lb.)
Pork roast 0.39/lb. 7.51/kg  3.41/lb.
T-bone steak 0.49/lb. 15.39/kg  7.00/lb.
Coca-cola 0.05/10oz bottle 0.90/384ml can
Men’s dress socks 3 for 1.00 3 for 8.97
Men’s denim pants 2.69 49.99
Coveralls 4.19 54.95
Car (average) 1,800.00 28,000.00
House (average) $6,800 $120,000
Gasoline at the pump $0.30 per gallon
($0.066 per liter)
$0.529 per liter ($2.40/gallon)
Starting Wages - Labourer 37.5 cents per hour $10.00 per hour
Starting Wages - engineer 71 cents per hour $18.40 per hour
Starting Wages - Roughneck $1.10 per hour $16.00 per hour