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Bathhouse, Atlas Coal Mine

La Niña’s favourite non-ghost story told at the Atlas Mine is set at the bathhouse windows (pictured above in the mirror). I’ve tried to re-create it from memory. In the early days of East Coulee, there weren’t a lot of… Continue Reading →

Lamps for Coal Miners

Going to the Altas Coal Mine brought back many stories from my childhood in Nova Scotia. The mines were damp and warm, my Grandmother would say, in the harsh of winter my father loved going into to the mine because… Continue Reading →

Pit Ponies, Atlas Coal Mine

Before electric or motorized coal cars, pit ponies were the muscle used to haul coal cars to and from the surface of the Altas mine. The relationship between pony and miner was complex — probably much like the relationship between… Continue Reading →

Atlas Coal Mine, East Coulee

WANTED: COAL MINERS Hardworking men needed to work the pits from 1911-1979. Must not require daylight. Must not panic in confined spaces. Apply within. Late in the fall, we drove to Drumheller to tour the Atlas Coal Mine. During our… Continue Reading →

Willow Creek Hoodoo Trail

Call them tent rocks, hoodoos or Ma’Tapiiks (Blackfoot), these interesting rocks pepper sections of the badlands of Alberta. The photo above is from the hoodoos found in East Coulee just outside Drumheller. Blackfoot legend refers to the Ma’Tapiiks as people…. Continue Reading →

Wayne, Alberta

Welcome to Wayne, population then 2490, now 27. Coal once dominated these hills, which is evidenced by the number of ghost towns in the Drumheller area. Wayne is one such abandoned coal mining town. The town’s original name was Rosedeer,… Continue Reading →

Dorothy, Alberta

If you wander south through the badlands, past the Tyrrell Museum, past the Hoodoos, and past the Atlas Coal Mine, you’ll probably find one or two of the many ghost towns that pepper the Hoodoo Trail. Some are more evident… Continue Reading →

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