Springhill, Nova Scotia Will Cease To Exist

hi-ns-springsteen-stillBy Niall McArdle

One of the most famous small towns in Canada, Springhill, Nova Scotia, site of a series of tragic coal-mining disasters in the 1950s, is to disappear.


The town council has voted to dissolve the municipality and amalgamate with the neighbouring council. The town will cease to exist on March 31st, 2015.


The mining disasters inspired Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl to write “The Ballad of Springhill”, which has been interpreted many times, but not better than by The Dubliners’ Luke Kelly

The Nova Scotia mining culture – and its attendant danger – are the basis for Sheldon Currie’s The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, which was filmed as Margaret’s Museum with Helena Bonham Carter and Kate Nelligan.

The disaster – and the miners’ strike in Britain in the 1980s – also inspired U2’s “Red Hill Mining Town”

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