About: The Coal Dust Song - Crowsnest Pass
This was made by my grandparents' friend!! He makes guitars in his free time. Love you ❤️
I have recently fallen in love with the rich history of the Crowsnest pass, from native lore to coal mining and the political ramifications on the community, as well as a scientific interest in the geology of the area.
Reading about the crimes committed by the mine owners and the political will that let them get away with it, the relatively untold story of the human loss of coal mining in the pass has captivated me.
As a personal interest project I'm hoping to estimate the number of child miners who were killed in the mines in the first half of the 20th century, as official numbers weren't kept. I'm hoping I can extract a guess from the records and people like yourself who lived the Crowsnest coal miners life.
I recently went for the tour of the Bellevue mine and had a great chance to speak with Ron, who graciously offered to take me on a personal tour of the mine past the gate, and told me some of his personal story as a coal miner in the pass. It left an impression I won't soon forget, I'll say that.
I'm hoping to return and record some of his story as well as the mine and document it on video for the youtube generation.
Perhaps you might be willing to share some of your story of life as a miner in the pass?
Would you be able to add some descriptions of the photographs in the video? The Glenbow museum has a limited number of photos from that era, and you have some fantastic shots! I would love to know the mines in the pictures.
In any case, thank you for the song, which has helped give me more insight.
I can feel the spirit of all the miners from the Pass,in the past, in that song!
Great ! Reminds me of our curling trip to Grand Forks.
This is a great production of a beautiful place. It is amazing how nature with our help can reclaim this land. The same happened in around Trail with all the acid rain of its day killing all the trees around it. Now you would never know it was a toxic place at one time. I love the photos too. There was trouble finding coal the snowman.