1956: 12 miners rescued in Springhill disaster
In the 1950s, the town of Springhill, N.S., was devastated by two of the worst mining disasters in Canadian history. An explosion in 1956 killed 39 miners, and another 74 died in the "bump" of 1958. Despite much hardship, the people of Springhill have shown a will to survive that is tougher than coal.
Broadcast Date: Oct. 29, 1958
Guest(s): Con Embry, J.B. Lynch, Bud Taber
Host: J. Frank Willis, Keith Barry
Reporter: Jack McAndrew, Lloyd McGinnis
Photo: Fednews telephoto/Library and Archives Canada/PA-177106
Last updated: March 11, 2014
Page consulted on March 11, 2014
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