Our society is a group dedicated to preserving the rich history of coal mining in Lethbridge and surrounding area.
Our primary goal is to purchase the Galt # 8 Mine Site that closed in 1957 and convert it into an interactive interpretative and community centre focusing on the history of coal mining and the future of energy.
About GALT #8 MINE HISTORIC SITE SOCIETY
The Galt #8 Historic Site Society was founded in 1993 out of a desire to preserve the rich heritage and early beginnings' of Lethbridge and area communities.
Coal mining was the leading economic driver behind the establishment of Lethbridge, called Coal Banks at the time, and surrounding towns and villages like Coaldale, Coalhurst and Shaughnessy.
The Society chose its name after the last coal mine to close in the area, the Galt # 8 Mine. The mine closed in 1957 and its remains are still prominent on the horizon of West Lethbridge.
The Society feels that the best way to preserve and learn from our rich coal mining history is to preserve what remains of the the Galt # 8 Mine and use the site as an interpretive Center focused on the history of coal mining and the future of energy production.