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The town of Cassiar for sale

The Story

For more than 40 years, the town of Cassiar at the northern tip of British Columbia revolved around a single resource -- asbestos. But with the world's shrinking demand for asbestos, the mining town is about to disappear. Everything is up for sale. From power tools and bulldozers to the town church and even the fire hall, everything must go. The residents are busy shipping out, homes and all. The plan is to abandon Cassiar to the stunning wilderness surrounding it, removing all trace of this once prosperous mining town.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Sept. 16, 1992
Guest(s): Lee Corran, Carol Lavoie, Brent Palmer
Reporter: Eric Sorensen
Duration: 2:11

Did You know?

• The asbestos mined from Cassiar was shipped all over the world and used in theatre curtains, firemen's protective clothing and on NASA space capsules.
• The town of Cassiar still exists in cyberspace. Many previous residents stay in touch through the virtual Cassiar website.
• In October 2002, Jeffrey Mine, the biggest open-pit asbestos mine in Asbestos, Quebec, closed.


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