Nova Scotia

Broughton ghost town attracts heritage interest

A heritage advisory committee with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality wants to preserve a ghost town that once boasted two grand hotels and one of North America's first revolving doors.

Cape Breton heritage group hopes to preserve former mine town

A heritage advisory committee with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality wants to preserve a ghost town that once boasted two grand hotels and one of North America's first revolving doors.

Broughton was built around the turn of the last century by two British industrialists near a coal mine in Port Morien.

It was a thriving place for a time, but the company went bankrupt when the mine couldn't move its coal to market. People left, the town died and buildings began to crumble.

The site is owned by the federal government, but there is an effort afoot by municipal officials to preserve what artifacts remain.

"The role of the municipality and the heritage advisory committee plays is to keep that attention and awareness, so they're not demolished, that they are there, either for interpretation or discovery for generations to come," says Eleanor Anderson, a member of the heritage advisory committee.

She says there are at least nine ruins in Broughton, and likely more foundations in a wooded area.

CBRM has no say over the fate of the property, but Anderson says the heritage committee will ask the federal Department of Public Works for help preserving the site.

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