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Danger, Death, and Disaster in the Crowsnest Pass Mines 1902-1928

Karen Buckley

$34.95 CAD / $34.95 USD (S)

215 pages, 21 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-132-8 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-323-0 (Institutional PDF)

November 2004

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About the Book

The Crowsnest Pass is famous for the tragic rock slide at Frank in 1903, but almost as famous are the many coal-mining tragedies that afflicted the region in the early twentieth century. With the discovery of a rich coal deposit in the region, the area underwent an economic boom and a spike in population that is still evidenced today. Unfortunately, with this type of mining, in rugged and often dangerous conditions comes the threat of disaster and occasionally death.

This book examines carefully the various calamities that have afflicted the area and considers the impact on the inhabitants and victims of these numerous tragedies. Using original source material such as grave markers, folk songs, and oral histories, the author portrays vividly the psychological and sociological features of both the individual and collective responses to death and danger, giving the reader a unique picture of mining communities that is as true today as it was a century ago.

Karen Buckley earned her master’s degree from the University of Calgary in Canadian history and currently works as Associate Archivist at the University of Calgary Archives.

Praise for Danger, Death, and Disaster in the Crowsnest Pass Mines, 1902-1928:

The work of an assiduous researcher who ferrets out interesting snippets of life and death in the Pass.

—John Douglas Belshaw, The Canadian Historical Review

Karen Buckley makes us imagine living with the fear of death on the job that faced coal-miners every day . . . provides many valuable insights.

—Craig Heron, University of Toronto Quarterly

This book provides illuminating detail . . . it is an important chronicle of the towns and the region.

—Jeremy Mouat, Scientia Canadiensis 

Table of Contents

List of Photographs


1: Danger

2: Death

3: Disaster


Appendix A: Tables and Charts

Appendix B: Mining Definitions