Morden Mine Fall Tour

Morden Colliery Historic Provincial ParkTom Paterson, well-known historian, newspaper columnist, and raconteur, will lead another of his very popular "Black Track" walking tours on Saturday, September 20, 2008. The "Black Track" refers to those South Wellington area railway lines informally used by miners and residents as a "public thoroughfare" or walking track. Coal dust so thickly coated the lines that they became known locally as the "Black Track."

As was the case with the “Black Track” tour in May, proceeds of ticket sales will go to support the Friends of the Morden Mine Society in their endeavour to bring about the preservation of Morden Colliery's splendid but rapidly deteriorating 1913 headframe and tipple. These structures were innovative at the time in their use of reinforced concrete, and are the only such remaining above-ground structures on Vancouver Island, in fact in North America. Tom, as usual, is donating his time and fund of historical mining stories.

The tour will concentrate much of its time exploring South Wellington area mining sites and former railway lines. The tour will last five or six hours, and requires reasonable fitness. The complete itinerary will be available at before tickets go on sale Monday, August 18, 2008. Phone 250-714-0377 for reservations. Tickets will undoubtedly be in great demand, judging from previous tours.

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