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Recent Activities - Summer, 2006 Trip to Nova Scotia, Page 2

Here are a couple more images from when we stopped at Springhill, Nova Scotia. Springhill is only really known for two things: as the birthplace and home of Anne Murray, the famous singer and as a coal mining town. Anne Murray is still singing but coal mining is an activity of the past in Springhill.

 

Recent Activities - Summer, 2006 Trip to Nova Scotia, Page 2

Another view of the Miners' Memorial. We were moved and impressed by this place.

Recent Activities - Summer, 2006 Trip to Nova Scotia, Page 2

There is no coal mining in Springhill any more but there is an old mine that has been partially refurbished for educational purposes. This mine offers the opportunity for the public to go underground and see what a real coal mine is/was like. There is no machinery working but the installation is authentic and there is still an anthracite coal seam that a guide takes you, to pointing out features of the mine along the way. You can even swing a pick and shovel for your own souvenir! Here is a picture of Carol and me doing just that.

Recent Activities - Summer, 2006 Trip to Nova Scotia, Page 2

Springhill, Nova Scotia has a long history of coal mining, dating back hundreds of years. The Springhill Miners' Memorial is a sobering place. Springhill has had several terrible mining disasters over the years. The most recent were in 1956 when 39 coal miners were killed in an explosion and then in 1958 when 74 miners were killed in a "bump" a geotechnical failure of the mine workings. There have been many others over the years and these monuments at the Springhill Miners' Memorial record the names and circumstances of all. The building to the left of the Memorial is the Miners' Union hall. Tough stuff.....