Buchans - History of Mining Town

Creator(s): Buchans Miners Museum

Experience the history of the town of Buchans, a former mining town in central Newfoundland, from the perspectives of the discoverer, the operator, the builder and the residents of Buchans. Work at the Buchans River mine began when Mattie Mitchell, a Mi'kmaq-Montagnais trapper and guide discovered ore at this site in 1905. Eventually, the mine was taken over by the American Smelting and Refining Company. Even though four additional mines were discovered in the area (Lucky Strike, Rothermere, Oriental and Macleans), all were closed in 1984.

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