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Frank Slide 2

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

On April 29, 1903, at 4:10 a.m., 82 million tonnes (30 million cubic metres) of limestone crashed from the summit of Turtle Mountain and buried a portion of the sleeping town of Frank. The dimensions of the rock mass that fell are 150 metres (500 feet) deep, 425 metres (1,400 feet) high and one kilometre (3,280 feet) wide.
The bustling town of Frank was home to approximately 600 people in 1903. Of these, roughly 100 individuals lived in the path of the slide. An estimated 70 people were killed.
The primary cause of the Frank Slide was the mountain's unstable structure. Underground coal mining, water action in summit cracks and severe weather conditions may have contributed to the disaster.
In the wake of the slide:
-A brakeman for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Sid Choquette, races across the rocks to flag down an approaching passenger train. He stops the train before it collides with the slide.
-The house of Alexander Leitch is hit by the slide. His three young daughters miraculously survive.
-Temporarily trapped, 17 underground coal miners dig their way to freedom 14 hours after the slide.

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Stuart Smith12-Jan-2014 13:00
Thank you for sharing the story with the photographs! Really nice.
René Gysi12-Jan-2014 12:03
A beautiful picture of this train in the stone desert and an interesting story. V
Clarence King11-Jan-2014 15:21
Fine photography and interesting history. v
Sandy Rich11-Jan-2014 00:26
Wonderful shots and thanks for the history.
Martin Lamoon09-Jan-2014 20:45
Wonderful shot of the train passing through the rocky area.
Chris Spracklen09-Jan-2014 19:29
An extraordinary story and a fine pair of pic's, Gary.
Mike H.09-Jan-2014 06:26
A tragic, sad bit of history..
Very telling images to go along with your facts, Gary. V.
Frank Brault09-Jan-2014 02:49
Fine images and a a very sad story. V
Julie Oldfield09-Jan-2014 02:15
Really sad story. Excellent POV.
Photo.Keely08-Jan-2014 22:47
Nice work! Well done! V.
Bill Miller08-Jan-2014 20:50
That is quite a sight, and the train gives a sense of scale to those boulders. An interesting story too.
J. Scott Coile08-Jan-2014 19:46
What a bit of history this is.
Graeme08-Jan-2014 19:24
Both are great shots ,y friemd...BV
Guest 08-Jan-2014 16:58
Great shot of the train passing by Frank Slide! This is a remarkable historic site.