Today, March 7, marks a historic day for the Atlas Coal Mine.
"March 7, 1917 the Atlas Coal Mine was born and it was born down in Newcastle, roughly where the Ralston's plant is now. It was one of the most productive coal mines in Canada and in total the Atlas produced just abut a quarter of all the valley's output. That's the Atlas Mine, the Regal Mine, the Commander Mine and so on and so forth, but the Atlas itself over 5 million tons of coal," stated Jay Russell, Curator of the Atlas Coal Mine.
Russell mentioned that they will be throwing a big birthday bash on Sunday, May 21 to mark the 100th birthday and the tipple's 80th birthday.
"Let's have two big birthday parties at once. We're going to tiptoe through the tipple on the 21," Russell added.
"We'll cut some cake, have some fun up there, have some antics and we have a few activities that are in store for the day. It's going to be lots of fun and I have an activity that I would love to do with Drum FM; it involves (the) tipple and little parachute guys."
The Atlas Coal Mine staff is preparing for the upcoming spring and summer season, plus working on the new experience.
"We will have a new experience that we're going to be announcing on the 21st of May. We're actually doing a sneak peek of it tomorrow, but we'd like to have the big birthday celebration when the weather is nice," Russell concluded.
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