My Genealogy and History Page of
 BIENFAIT
 SASKATCHEWAN
&  AREA
 Western Dominion Collieries Ltd.
 Page 2

 

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 ** WARNING **
 Old Abandoned Underground Coal Mines can be Very Dangerous,
 Due to Collapse, and Mine Gases (Noxious and Flammable).
 Extreme Care should be taken around them, due to Falls, Sudden Ground Collapse, and Bad Air,
 and in NO Circumstances should People enter into ANY Mine Openings, or Associated Caves.

 The Material Contained on my Sites, is NOT to Encourage Personal Investigation of these Mines,
 But only as a Historical Record of these Long Abandoned Mines.
 Please View these Mines from a Far, Safe and Legal Distance.
  Always Observe Private Property Rights, and Obey ALL Warning Signs. 
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Western Dominion Mine Camp


Western Dominion Mine Camp


General Store- Staff House
and Klimax Club

Recreation Hall- Staff Living Quarters

Truck Garage, Machine Shop,
 and Welding shop

Western Dominion locomotive

Western Dominion Coal Hauler

Western Dominion Coal Hauler

Western Dominion Coal Hauler

Coal Ad- Oct. 1933

Tuesday, Nov 11, 1948
 picketed out
There was a battle in the coal fields for years,
between Saskatchewan Coal Miner's Union,
(claimed to be a Company Union)
and United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)


See my special
Mr. Klimax Dragline web page
the world's largest dragline,
when it was built.

Manager
Chuck Doerr
claims sabotage
Nov 25, 1948

Snow was a problem
for the mine spur in 1906.
Aug 3, 1907

Aug 25, 1942, mine had a big fire
in the Coal Hopper.

1923 ad

 View some of these pictures above
in better quality
at the Bienfait Museum


Dragline on the move at Western Dominion
photo courtesy Ingrid Beahm,
photo taken from their yard


Townsite
photo courtesy Ingrid Beahm,
 


Locomotive used at Western Dominion
Serial #3519.  Model ML-8 type 3. 
Standard gauge, with Cummins Diesel, Model HIP-600
located at Winnipeg Railway Museum
note- NOT my site
http://www.wpgrailwaymuseum.com/loco-plymouth_35ton.html

in 1943 they mined 850,295 tons, and only paid a royalty on 534 tons,
of $37.38, or 7 cents a ton.
This was coal mined under Provincial road allowances.
Hard to believe as the Province had to spend
$1,000 to 2,000 on inspection services for this mine?
And they wonder why the public gets mad at the way companies
operate and not pay their fair share.
In this case the company paid royalties to the CPR and the Hudson Bay Co.,
that owned the Mineral rights to the land under previous agreements,
and the province never worked on legislation to change this.
For how many years did this take place, and why didn't anyone notice this?
By the way this was in 1944 this was looked at.
so for 50 years no Provincial Royalties?
Who was paying off who?
Shows the power of the CPR and Hudson Bay Co.
I could see them getting money for leasing their property.
But every small coal mine had to pay this royalty,
but not some of the bigger mines, where it really counted.

 

 

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