Moose River Gold Mines, Nova Scotia
During the late 19th century and early 20th century, there was a gold mine in the community, from which it got its name.
On April 12, 1936 the roof of the mine collapsed, trapping three men, Herman Magill, Dr. David Robertson and Alfred Scadding, 150 feet down for 11 days. The men were reached by drilling a borehole on the sixth day to bring food, water and a telephone till the rescue was completed. Robertson and Scadding survived and Magill died on the seventh day. The event was broadcast by J. Frank Willis of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (CRBC) to over 650 radio stations throughout North America, and was picked up by the BBC and broadcast to Europe.
Today, there is a park with a cairn and there was plaque where the borehole was drilled, and there is a museum portraying the history of the gold mine.The plaque was stolen sometime before June 28, 2006. It has yet to be recovered.
- MacDonald, David (1977) "Buried Alive at Moose River", Reader's Digest, January, pp. 160-174.
- Benedict, Michael Les; Frayne, Trent (2000). "The Cave-in That Shook the Country". In the face of disaster: true stories of Canadian heroes from the archives of Maclean's. New York, N.Y: Viking. pp. 117–127. ISBN 0-670-88883-4.
- Virtual Museum Moose River Disaster
- Collapse of the Moose River Gold Mine
- Moose River Provincial Park
- Explore HRM
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