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Roaring Days

Rossland’s Mines and the History of British Columbia

In the 1890s, Rossland was the most important mining centre in southeastern British Columbia. In Roaring Days, Jeremy Mouat examines many different aspects of mining, from work underground to corporate strategies. He also brings to life the unique individuals who were a part of this history – the miners who toiled long hours under unimaginable working conditions, the citizens of Rossland who built a bustling town out of the wilderness, and the mine owners and entrepreneurs who became wealthy beyond all expectations.

288 pages

Table of Contents

Illustrations, Figures and Maps



1 The Context of Discovery

2 “The Hope of This Country”: Smelters, Railways, and the Growth of Rossland, 1895-8

3 “The Comstock and the Rand Put Together”: British Investment in Rossland

4 Miners and Early Industrial Relations in the Kootenays, 1895-1900

5 “This Militant Band of Labour’s Bravest Champions”: Rossland Miners, 1899-1903

6 Social Relations in Fin de Siecle Rossland

7 The Emergence and Growth of Cominco, 1901-23

8 The End of the Roaring Days





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