Built in the early 1900s by the Pacific Coal Company, the concrete headframe and tipple structure is all that remains of the Morden Colliery
When we think of mining history, we often think of the gold rushes that lured frenzied prospectors to wild and untamed lands or early coal miners toiling deep underground. Countless communities sprang up because of these mining operations—some survived, some didn’t. For many that survived, mining has remained the lifeblood of the community. What has been handed down from generation to generation is that passion for prospecting—whether it be for gold, coal, diamonds or molybdenum. And there is still a pride in preserving the past and the roots of mining as we look ahead to the future.
Recent History articles
This year marks the 50th anniversary of surface mining at Elkview mine near Sparwood, B.C.by Zoë Dupley
Gold-focused documentaries premiere March 6 and 13
The government of British Columbia has implemented a new recovery protocol for the removal and preservation of found fossils.by Zoë Dupley
Teck loans museum 140 million-year-old meat-eating raptor tracks found in local mines
John Kinnear followed his father into the mines, then dedicated 35 years to remembering lost coal miners of Western Canada.by Jillian Clark
Small British Columbia town finds harmony between industries as it endures ups and downs of mining.by Jillian Clark
History of coal mining in Sparwood and the Elk Valleyby Jillian Clark
Broadway Gold Mining is looking to capitalize on an old mine’s success in Butte, Montana.by Kyle Born
Even after retiring, Bob Moffatt has returned to Atlas Coal Mine—his first place of employment.by Jillian Clark
The Museum will also debut its new 2016 summer exhibit, Water: Beneath the Surface, which examines the complex world of H2O.
Kurt Breede, of Watts, Griffis, and McQuat Ltd., has written a screenplay based on Robert Service's poems of the Klondike Gold Rush.
B.C. is fortunate to hold immense coal reserves measuring more than 23 billion tonnes of which 13 billion tonnes are steel-making, metallurgical coalby Gerry Warner
Mike Hambalek and his team at Caliper Machine and Hydraulics in Cranbrook have come up with some heavy equipment innovations that are being used globally.by Karen Kornelsen
Marcia Smith, senior vice-president, sustainability and external affairs at Teck, writes regarding the government management plan issued for the Elk Riverby Marcia Smith
A family visits the award-winning Britannia Mine Museum at Britannia Beach on British Columbia's coast.by DaleAnn Shellborn
BC's Association for Mineral Exploration turns 100by Jessica Kirby
Read this award winning auto-biography of the life and adventures of B.C. mining pioneer Don McLeod.by Gail Jansen-Kesslar
Precious metals are on the rise, but BCGold Corp. knows there's a lot more to being a junior company than exploration projects.by Breanne Massey
Hansuld longed to work outdoors, but he hadn’t heard about geology before, but after more than three decades as a mining executive—Hansuld is a mining legend.by Breanne Massey