Triumph and Tragedy in the Crowsnest Pass

Triumph and Tragedy in the Crowsnest Pass

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Rich in story, the scenic Crowsnest Pass in the southern Rocky Mountains bears evidence of many tragedies, both man-made and natural, as well as one monumental triumph. The Crowsnest Pass Railway, hailed as the greatest project in the Dominion, was built in just 18 months, using tools and technology considered primitive bytoday's standards.The railroad brought prosperity to B.C. and Alberta as massive coalfields in the region were developed, but with progress came disasters of horrific proportions. The town of Frank was buried when part of Turtle Mountain crashed down on the homes and businesses nestled at its foot. A mine explosion at Hillcrest devastated thatcommunity, taking nearly 200 men in one huge blast, and the entire town of Fernie, B.C., was razed by a fire that saw many people fleeing for their lives.Illustrated with archival photos and maps, this descriptive account of oneof the Rockies' most picturesque and legendary passes is a must-read for visitors, residents, and history buffs interested in learning about the heritage of this mythic land.

Publisher: Surrey, B.C. : Heritage House, c2005
Edition: 2nd ed., expanded and updated
ISBN: 9781894384162
Characteristics: 168 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Diana 1958-


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