Thursday, November 1, 2012

Abandoned Mines (Estevan Area)

The Estevan area is in the southeast corner of the province. It is known for its industrious coal mining and oil industry. Today there are two giant mines that mine use what is called strip mining. They have stripped most of the landscape to mine coal and created many new hills from the mining.

Years ago it was a very different scene. Mining for coal was done in underground coal mines and they were all over the place. People could start up there own coal mines and there were different styles of them. They were everywhere, around Estevan, Beinfait, Taylorton, Roche Percee and surrounding areas. Eventually they were covered by the new strip mines, others collapsed and in the past few years they have filled in the rest because teenagers have gotten into the mines and died from the gases inside. There were very dangerous places and that is why you will not find them around anymore.

Along with most history, especially in areas that date back before Saskatchewan was a province there are usually hauntings. The old underground mines are no different around Estevan. They have been rumored to have many hauntings.

People have said that they see the local natives in traditional garments dancing in the area. Others have seen spirits of fur traders from wandering the area. There have also been people who have claimed to see the coal miners coming out of the hills where the underground mines were, others drinking and having a good time and some even fighting.

This area has a rich history of the native, RCMP camps, fur traders and of course miners. It is no surprise that there are so many types of apparitions in the area.

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