One of dozens of mines in the Drumheller area, the Atlas #4 mine shipped its last load of coal in 1979 at the end of a half century of commercial coal mining in this part of Canada. Since it’s designation as a National Historic Site it has operated as a museum, with the buildings and some of the mine workings preserved and opened to many visitors each year.
The Atlas #4 Mine shipped its last load of coal in 1979 and is now designated as a provincial museum and National Historic Site. M&L has been working with the museum since 2010 as part of a multi-year restoration effort to conserve the timber structures.
Some of the most prominent features of this historic site are the impressive Inclined Conveyors and Tipple that were used to move, screen and load the coal. The buildings are well known landmarks in this part of the Red Deer Valley.
Working in cooperation with Alberta Culture and Parks Canada, M&L has led a comprehensive process of assessment, specification and repairs at the Atlas Coal Mine over the past five years. During this time, major work has been completed at each of the South Tower, Inclined Conveyor and Tipple. It’s a massive project, and the work continues!