Frank Slide Interpretive Centre uses state-of-the-art exhibits to tell the story of North America’s deadliest rockslide.
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On April 29, 1903 at 4:10 a.m., 82 million tons of rock broke off Turtle Mountain’s summit and came hurtling down on the sleeping town of Frank. While the slide avoided the main part of town, at least 90 people were killed. The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre describes what life was like before, during, and after the disaster, and shares amazing tales of heroism and survival through modern, hands-on exhibits.
Historically, First Nations, Blackfoot and K’tunaxa, avoided camping near “the mountain that moves,” but mining companies were not discouraged. In 1900, the Canadian American Coal and Coke Company opened a coal mine at the base of Turtle Mountain. A year later, the town of Frank was incorporated, and by 1903, Frank was home to 600 people. Their lives would be changed forever on April 29.
To better illustrate the enormity of the rockslide, Joey Ambrosi, program coordinator -interpretive/education officer, puts it this way: “If you took all the rocks from the slide and made a one-metre wide by six-metre high wall, you could build a wall across Canada from Victoria to Nova Scotia.”
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