Frank is a coal mining town in the Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta. From 1901 to 1903 a coal mine had been sunk deep into Turtle Mountain. The local Indians avoided the area as their legends spoke of Turtle Mountain as “the mountain that walked”. Soon the legend would become real.
[1-click to enlarge]
On April 29, 1903, at 4:10 a.m., 74 million tonnes of limestone crashed from the summit of Turtle Mountain and covered approximately three square kilometres of the valley floor. The slab of rock that broke free was approximately 650 m high, 900 m wide and 150 m thick (87,750,000 cu. m.) (2,100 feet by 3,000 feet by 500 feet).
[2-Old Man River at Frank Slide - click to enlarge]
The slide dammed the Old Man River and formed a small lake, covered 2km of the Canadian Pacific Railway, destroyed most of the coal mine's surface infrastructure, and buried seven houses on the outskirts of the sleeping town of Frank, as well as several rural buildings. Frank was home to approximately 600 people in 1903; of the roughly 100 individuals who lived in the path of the slide, more than 70 were killed.
[3-Front of Turtle Mountain - click to enlarge]
[4- Old mine workings beside Highway #3 near the Frank Slide - click to enlarge]
[5 - As time passes the wildflowers return. At the Frank Slide Information Centre - click to enlarge]
This post was due to a request by Tony from Laughing Wolf for a hundred year remembrance of this historical event.
http://www3.sympatico.ca/goweezer/canada/frank.htm (for more information and an indepth story)
Photo Credits: -Calypso Orchid CC=nc-nd-flickr, -tipkodi CC=nc-flickr,
-Paul Jerry CC=flickr.
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