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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, June 11, 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Miners' Museum fires tourist interest By SANDY MacDONALD Cape Breton Post GLACE BAY, N S (CP) While the Nova Scotia coal industry is struggling for its life, a new tourist attraction is being created in the shadow of the pitheads The Miners' Museum, which attracted close to visitors last year, was opened in 1967 and has since been expanded to include a replica of a coal Aphid Ouster META SYSTOX-R insecticide When lale appearing or migrating aphids move into your potato fields give them a smack n their suckers wilh METASYSTOX R insecticide Qui Absoroed into sap stream through leaves 1 Systemic provides longer control Controls aphids resistant 10 Chlor vied hydroca-bon For ccononical efective cont'o o1 aohids spray with METASYSTOX R Spra> Concei 'rate Oder 1rom IIJPP! nov. ftESPOHSEabittly Jo you ana nature CHEMAGRO LIMITED miner's home at the turn of the century complete with authentic outhouse Many of the tourists who drop m to look over the mu- seum have never seen a coal mine and are fascinated with the attraction The museum, built on high ground overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, gives the visitor a chance to go underground feet into a real coal seam The museum's reproduction of the colliery is so real that some visitors are reluctant to go down the shaft and stay at the surface to look at arti- facts The museum was started in 1963 when workmen took tons of coal from the site to create an open shaft The coal was sold to Dominion Coal Co operators of the mine at the time, and the in revenue was used to finance the undertaking In 1967 it became a Centennial project Village added Later, a miners' village was added so that visitors could get a closer look at living conditions of the men who risked health and life to dig out the fuel of industry The village, which opens to visitors this summer, includes a double house, something like a modern duplex with one side devoted to a re-creation of life in the 1850s and the other to life as it was in the 1900s Harvey Webber, a Sydney lawyer and businessman, is chairman of the board of trustees of the Miners' Museum "It was fascinating to re- search the period we were recreating' he said The researchers were aided by old catalogues, historical documents and advice from elderly residents in their work Mr Webber said there is a distinct difference in the style of life of the coal miner between 1850 and 1900 For one thing, at the turn of the century the miner had more amenities Replaced Wallpaper had replaced newspapers, furnishings were of finer quality and kitchen pumps were coming into use to replace wells and handdrawn water Cape Breton residents responded to appeals for help by contributing period furnishings needed in the recreation Some old dishes, drapes and articles of clothing could not be obtained and the most difficult objects of ail to find have been curtains and the family centrepiece, a bathtub The tub was usually nauled out on Saturday nights and father bathed bathed first with the children following later to nights and father bathed row RESERVOIR FILTER SYSTEM Culligan is at your service Culligan filters and chlorinators will supply the quality of water you desire. For expert, economical and efficient operation call your Culligan man, you can purify water from 189 so AND UP For further information and FREE ESTIMATES CALL 120 HoTfli Mtyer MiirtDi Drift first with the children following later to use the same pre-heated water With the addition of the village, the organizers believe the museum to be the only one of its kind in North America, perhaps the world At Springhill, for instance, visitors are invited to tour an actual mine no longer in oper- ation Mining stopped in the small town after the tragedies of the late 1950s The Cape Breton mines now are operated by the Cape Breton Development Corp, a federal Crown agency Devco has already invested in the museum as part of the corporation's efforts to help the development of tourism In addition to the miners' homes, the village project includes a company store-part housing a re- creation of the period and the other housing a gift shop On the grounds is an old steam locomotive like the early ones used to haul coal cars from the pithead Not far away are the working pits of Devco, which stretch thousands of feet below the surface and out under the sea Prepared convenience foods that get the cook out of the kitchen fast have contributed greatly to the rise in food costs this year KITCHEN jKHD BATHROOMS THE NOOK Wtttmintttr Plaza 329-0700 BAR-B-QUE Natural Gas QflflS or Propane Reg 4998 Special BAR-B-Q 99 100% Dacron Filled Back Pack Sleeping Robe Reg 1995 Special 2lb pure down filled Back Pack Sleeping Robe Reg 59 95 Special 3 Ib Polyester filled Sleeping Robe Reg 18 50 Special Sib Polyester filled Sleeping Robe Reg 25 50 Special 2 Man Nylon Pack Tent Reg 4995 Special Coleman Low Boy Metal Picnic Cooler Chest OO 99 Reg 2895 Coleman 2 Burner Propane Camp Stove Special Thermos Picnic Jug Reg 495 Special Folding Lawn Chair Reg 595 Special Matching Chaise Lounge Reg 1350 Special O 4 3 Q95 4" 4 O HIBACHI 10x17 Reg 899 Special HIBACHI 10x20 Reg 995 Special HIBACHI with legs 10x20 Reg 14 95 Special HIBACHI with legs 15x15 Reg 1795 Special BAR-B-Q Portable Camping Reg 299 Special Spaldmg 7 pee Golf Set Reg 55 00 Special Shaft Saver Tubes Reg 35c Special Kro-Flite Golf Balls (seconds) Special Air-Flite Golf Balls Reg 3 for 3 65 Special Canada Cup Golf Balls Reg 75cea Special G96 Spray Grip Reg 95c6oz can Special Lawn Darts Rea 650 Special Official Pitching Horse Shoes Reg 985 Special Spaldihg 4 Player Steei Shaft Badminton Set Reg 1495 Special 6" 8" 10" 14" 249 44" m 9 EACH 312" 549 Q2S 499 We Stock Most Everything for the Hunter Fisherman and Sportsman SPORTING GOODS OEPT 606-3rdAveS Phone 327-5787 ;