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Description: The string of small communities in the Crowsnest Pass (Blairmore, Bellevue, Frank, Hillcrest, and Coleman) were all important mining towns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. People from across Alberta, including many Ukrainians worked seasonally in the mines and went back to their farms for part of the year. A few stayed year-round and founded a Ukrainian community, which included churches and halls. Ukrainians were particularly affected by the 1914 Hillcrest Mine diasaster, Canada's worst-ever mine diaster. An estimated 30 of the 189 men killed were Ukrainian immigrants. Ukrainians were also involved in businesses, and the Gushul family of photographers lived here documenting daily life. The Gushul photography collection is housed at the Crowsnest Museum in Coleman. The entire town of Colemand was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 2001 for its mining history.
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