Springhill Mining Disaster: The tragedy surfaces
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.
• Settled in 1790, the town of Springhill is situated on the highest land in Cumberland County.
• Coal was discovered there in 1834 and soon became the dominant industry.
• While in operation, the Cumberland Coal Fields produced some of the richest coal in the Maritimes.
Program: CBC Newsmagazine
Broadcast Date: Nov. 4, 1956
Host: Gordon Burwash
Last updated: January 12, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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