Visited a place I had heard a lot about because of the tragedies the community faced, Springhill Nova Scotia. This was a mining community until the last disaster in 1958 where 75 miners died in a “bump” another 99 trapped and rescued.
This was the third of mining disasters including two explosions in 1891 and 1956. Both as the one in 1958 leading to death and heroic rescue.
The Springhill Miner’s Museum is a must visit. Lots of artifacts, newspaper reports, surface buildings to visit and a chance to go underground into one of the mine shafts with knowledgeable tour guides who know a lot of history about miner’s life and the disasters.
Also take the time to visit the miner's memorial in Springhill dedicated to the miners who died in these disasters and the men who died in single incidents. There wasn’t a year that went by that a name isn’t listed.
The photo was taken in the miner's wash house, Miner's Museum and shows how they hung their clothes from the rafters.