Welcome to the Coal Branch: Yellowhead County’s First Heritage Tour
If you’re interested in the history and stories of our area, or you just want to see some of the unique places in the County, this was the place to be for this full day historical tour exploring Yellowhead County’s historical Coal Branch area on Thursday, September 17.
Stops included historical highlights in Marlboro, Hinton, Cadomin, Mountain Park, Mercoal and Robb where the Canadian Northern Rockies will provide the backdrop for this fun and entertaining guided bus tour.
Participants got to see some of the locations and historical buildings that are part of the County’s Heritage Survey and Inventory that has been in development over the last several years.
Please contact the County office for more information for upcoming bus trip dates and areas.
Find out which still standing factory artifact is taller than a famous U.S. statue that attracts millions of tourists every year; get a chance to see the highest cemetery in Canada and the entire British Commonwealth; find out the connection between the growth of the Coal Branch mining and one of General Custer’s scouts who was in the Battle of Geronimo and escaped death at Custer’s last stand.
The tour included ample information on the growth and eventual decline of the burgeoning Coal Branch where populations reached into the thousands nearly a century ago and was home to the largest symphony orchestra between Edmonton and Vancouver. Archival movies by local cinematographer “Flash” Shewschuk who lived in the area were shown on the bus during the tour.