I spent last week in Canmore, Alberta. Canmore is a little mountain town nestled just inside the Canadian Rockies shortly before you reach Banff National Park. I didn’t know ’til I got there that Canmore used to be a coal mining town.
Queen Victoria herself granted a charter for coal mining in Canmore (well, she probably in reality had little to do with it . . . but it was issued in her name). The first coal mine in Canmore was opened in 1887. Canmore remained a coal mining town for the next 92 years. I might not have realized the history but for happening to be in town on the 40th anniversary of its last coal mine closing.