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Expansion and Regulation

Wayne, Alberta, n.d.During the 1880s and 1890s, coal mining activity spread throughout the district. In 1882, the Lamoureaux family was mining near the Sturgeon River Mill, at the mouth of Egg Lake Creek. Six years later, they opened a drift in the North Saskatchewan valley near Saddle Lake Creek, and barged 800 tonnes of coal to Battleford. In 1881, Donald Ross opened his two drifts in McDougal Hill, and the following year Malcolm Groat opened his mine. Richard Ottewell opened a mine near Clover Bar during the 1880s.

Thus by 1895 there were numerous mines operating in Edmonton, and the village took its first steps to regulate their activities. When the Moran and Graham mine's burning slack could not be extinguished by the fire engine, a committee recommended that in future all slack be dumped in the river.

In 1902, the Cardiff mine opened north of Edmonton; it soon became a major producer, employing 262 men, and selling 247,000 tonnes by 1913.

Edmonton called for tenders in 1903 to supply its new electric light plant; nine local companies were considered large enough to supply this market.

Kenneth Tingley. Coal Mining in Alberta: An Introduction to Changes in Coal-Mining Technology in the Plains and Parkland Areas, 1872-1955. n.p.: Reynolds-Alberta Museum. With permission from the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.

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