Born in 1868, Martin
Nordegg arrived in Canada from Germany in 1906, invited by the Federal Government to
aid in the development of Canada's natural resources. In 1907, he arrived at the
Rocky Mountains to prospect for coal. A few years later, he discovered and
developed rich coal deposits on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
field was first located in 1910, and Nordegg began mining two huge coal seams in
1911. Martin Nordegg built the largest mine in Alberta and created a model town
that bears his name to this day.
and built a modern mining town. The main streets were laid in a circle, with the
side streets running in line to the center, much like a wagon's wheel. But
shortly after creating his town, Nordegg was expelled from Canada during the
First World War. He returned in 1922, after World War I.
sold his interest in Brazeau Collieries, the company he had built, in 1923. He
remained in Canada until his death in 1948. In 1955, as a result of lowering
coal markets, Brazeau Collieries and the town of Nordegg closed. Today,
Nordegg is considered a National Historic Site of Canada. Visitors are welcome
to discover the area as it is now and discover more about its past.