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Miners digging the coal.

While free homesteads and farming attracted most of the immigrants, there was also economic activity in the mining sector. In the age of steam, coal was in great demand by the railways. Many new immigrants found jobs in the coal mines around Estevan. Situated in the Canadian Shield, northern Saskatchewan also saw a great deal of mining activity.

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Image Preview R-A5996-2 Photograph 01 - Miners pose at the entrance to a small coal mine in the Estevan area.
Image Preview R-A5996-1 Photograph 02 - Coal miners in the Estevan area ready to go to work.
Image Preview S-B472 Photograph 03 - Miners digging the coal.
Image Preview R-A937 Photograph 04 - Loading coal for the surface.
Image Preview R-A939 Photograph 05 - The surface buildings used by the Crescent Collieries Ltd at Estevan loaded the coal into rail cars for shipment.
Image Preview VT-R4033-Ch 1 Video 06 - Coal mining in Estevan. (Silent Film)
Image Preview R-B3553-1 Photograph 07 - "Hard rock mining took place in several areas of Northern Saskatchewan, such as the Mandy mine at Schist Lake."
Image Preview R-B3557-1 Photograph 08 - At Sturgeon Landing the copper dump provided a backdrop for the miners and their horses.
Image Preview R-B3561-1 Photograph 09 - On the 'copper trail', teams of horses pulled supplies to mines in Northern Saskatchewan.
Image Preview R-283 PDF Document 10 - Saskatchewan struggled to gain control of their natural resources.
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