Digging for Treasure: Mining in Canada

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Guy Gaudreau, Laurentian University, 2003

A 19th-century miner was a true craftsman: with just a few tools, always on the lookout for outcrops of rock, aware of the texture and cracking of the rock, he entered makeshift tunnels dug out by his own hand. For an understanding of how the second industrial revolution transformed his work, let us first review some of the features of mining in the pre?industrial period by looking at some of the visual evidence left by the gold diggers and the copper-mining companies of the mid-19th century. The tour first looks at the early decades of the 20th century, when gold, silver, copper, nickel, asbestos and coal mining were booming and new mining regions were being opened up.