The Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site switched to spring hours earlier this month: they're now open until 5:00 p.m. seven days a week and have begun guided tours again.
 
To top it off, they have a couple of major anniversaries coming up fast, as executive director, Dr. Sarah Newstead outlined.
 
"The first big anniversary is the fact that the Atlas Coal Mine is 100 years old this year, which is really amazing," she noted. "The second big anniversary we have is for our fabulous wooden coal tipple, which is the last wooden coal tipple in Canada, and it's turning 80 years old."
 
The Atlas Coal Mine Company opened its first mine in the Drumheller Valley across the river from the current one in 1917, then moved to the current site beside East Coulee in 1937.
 
"Our birthday celebration for both the 80th and 100th anniversaries we're celebrating this year is going to be on May 21, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and we've got a whole bunch of stuff for the public," Newstead informed us.
 
"We're going to have pit ponies, we're going to have a cake, we're going to have what we're calling minecraft games for the kids," she elaborated. "It'll just be a way for everyone to come out and celebrate these fantastic anniversaries."
 

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