Brian Vernon was an electrician for the United Keno Hill Mine in Calumet, Yukon during the late 1970s and the early 1980s. He was a self professed recluse choosing pet projects and electrical work to socializing or drinking at the bar. With his free time Vernon created 'Rosebud', a work station for his electrical work at the mine. Vernon was given the used trolley from the cafeteria at the United Keno Hill Mine where he worked. Food Services were going to throw out the trolley when Vernon thought of a better use for the cart. Painstakingly over the years, Vernon transformed the food station into an extraordinary electrical bench by adding innovation, frivolity and other additional whimsy. Horns, sirens, trophies, sign plates were mounted alongside of a working telephone, water fountain, lights, drawers and tools. Vernon used this trolley, dubbed as 'Rosebud', as his work station to fix the underground mine electrical equipment. Aside from the obvious Citizen Kane reference, the trolley truly was a labour of love for Brian Vernon. It sits in the Keno City Mining Museum as an example of originality and ingenuity of those that were drawn to work for the mines along the Silver Trail.
Keno City Mining Museum, Keno City