Nordegg, Alberta • Ghost Towns of Canada

Nordegg, Alberta • Ghost Towns of Canada

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Part of the Ghost Towns of Canada series

In the early 1900s, German-Jewish businessman Martin Cohen discovered rich coal deposits in a remote corner of Alberta's Big West Country and began to fashion plans for an elaborate garden city, based on those of his European homeland. He envisioned a humanitarian home for his workers, no miserable mining town, but a community blessed with all the modern amenities and aesthetics. In fact, he was so enamoured with this idea, he changed his name to Nordegg, "north corner" in his native tongue, and gave the name to the town he built. Though he realized the dream of his well-constructed and comfortable community, his success was to be short-lived. The War to End All Wars pitted his birth nation against his new country and, when he refused to become a British subject, he was promptly forced into exile. Martin Nordegg could only watch from abroad while his town became one of Alberta's largest mines but then fell into gradual decline.

Titles included in this series:
Ireland's Eye, Newfoundland
Grosse Île, Québec
Val Jalbert, Québec
Silver Islet, Ontario
Depot Harbour, Ontario
Creighton, Ontario
Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan
Rowley, Alberta
Barkerville, British Columbia
Sandon, British Columbia
Ocean Falls, British Columbia
Cassiar, British Columbia

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