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Coalmont Centennial 1911-2011

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Coalmont celebrated its 100th birthday in 2011.  This year, the Coalmont Hotel celebrates it's centennial, and a party is planned for the last weekend in July.  We placed a Coalmont Centennial Geocache within sight of our motel, and in addition, after six years of research, and in celebration of Coalmont's Centennial, Diane has published her new book.

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In 1885 Gold Fever lured men to the previously unknown Granite Creek area.  Within one year a town of approximately 2,000 sprang from the forest floor.  Today, little remains of this bustling gold town.  Only 26 years later with the discovery of coal, the town of Coalmont sprouted neaby.  2011 marks Coalmont's 100th birthday.  "White Gold and Black Diamonds" has been written in celebration of this auspicious event.  Honouring the sister towns of Granite Creek and Coalmont, this book preserves their little know history.  "White Gold and Black Diamonds" recounts stories of oldtimers like Butch and his pet pig; Robert Stevenson, the prospector who buried his friend's wife four times; and Hattie McBride, the woman of "negotiable affection" whose unsolved murder has left her restless spirit wandering the area. 

This exciting new book is 178 pages, and contains 155 photographs (many of which are previously unpublished) plus old business advertisements gleaned from publications of the day.  "White Gold and Black Diamonds" is available for purchase at the Mozey-On-Inn in Coalmont for $24.95 plus 5% HST (total $26.20).  Drop by our office to pick up a copy, or if you want one mailed to you, you can purchase it online.

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One of our neighbours, Ole Juul set up a Centennial Website with a guestbook. He will also be running a small Kiosk with souvenirs out of the old Coalmont General Store during the summer. Please visit his website and sign the guestbook by clicking on the link above.