The Broken Ground: A History of a Cape Breton Coal Mining Community

Creator(s): Inverness Miners' Museum

Welcome! Failte! Bienvenue!

The Inverness Miner's Museum, located on Lower Railway Street overlooking the Cabot Links Golf course and the pounding surf of the mighty Atlantic, is proud to present our community and Museum in this Community Stories virtual exhibit. It is our pleasure to have you peruse part of our collection of photography, interviews and selections of text from Ned MacDonald's publication, The Broken Ground.

The Canadian National Railway and the Inverness Coal Mines were distinct and separate entities, and their central focus was the movement of coal for domestic consumption as well as international use. King Coal was the lifeblood of the community, even with its harshness, exploitative business practices, and "Pluck Me" stores. The CN Station is the locale where men and women left for out west, for the "Boston States" for work and to war.

Saunter through our history, talk to our informative guides and bask in our culture. We look forward to greeting you on site and to our community along the western shores of Cape Breton, the sunset side of the island.


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