My Genealogy and History Page of
Klimax Mine


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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.

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 But only as a Historical Record of these Long Abandoned Mines.
 Please View these Mines from a Far, Safe and Legal Distance.
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Klimax Mine was operated by the
Battle River Coal Company Ltd
a subsidiary of Alberta Coal Ltd,
owned by the Mannix family in Calgary AB.

Klimax Coal 1941 Ad

In 1964, Alberta Coal Ltd.
purchased the shares of Great West Coal Ltd.
which owned the Klimax mine at the time.
In 1970 it had a head office at
300-9th Ave. SW PO Box 2880, Calgary AB
with a Klimax Mine Office at Estevan
Mine manager in 1970 was Archie D. Hawkes,
father of a school friend of mine, George Hawkes.
Jim Davies was Pit Forman.
1971 article states- The Klimax mine was until recently
 operated by Great West Coal Company Ltd.
which was purchased by Alberta Coal Ltd.
a subsidiary of Mannix Co. Ltd. of Calgary. 
the Company name was changed to Battle River Coal.

In 1972 the corporate structure changed,
and was now under the name of Manalta Coal Ltd.
In 1974 it was the largest single coal producer in Canada
with a total of 6 open pit mines.

In 1975 it had a head office at the same place
only now listed under Manalta Coal Ltd.
as a part of Loram International Ltd.
Estevan Office PO Box 490,
and Casper Jenish was Mine Manager

In 1970 they had
a 500W Bucyrus-Erie dragline, with a 12 Cu Yd Bucket.
a 120B, a 50B and an 88B Shovels,
with a fleet of 8, 50 ton coal haulers.

Part of Taylorton #2 was moved to the present site
 of the Klimax Mine, pictured above

Manalta Coal Ltd, Klimax Mine ca1978
Loading coal into Rail Cars
Located approx. halfway between
 Estevan and Bienfait Saskatchewan
on the north side of Highway 39

Bucyrus-Erie 500W Dragline working at Klimax mine ca 1978

Bucyrus-Erie 190B working at Klimax Mine ca1978

Harvey Boles was mine manager in 1980

Prairie Queen Dragline was used at the Klimax mine.

Mannix family history


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Page created by Doug Gent 2016
Revised Apr 11, 2011

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