1948 International Truck, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
1948 INTERNATIONAL TRUCK, YELLOWKNIFE, NWT, CANADA: The Northwest Mining Heritage Society was formed in 2002 with plans to establish a mining museum and resource centre. Currently, much of its collection is found outside, at the Giant Mine Town Site, located 4 km north of Yellowknife on the Ingraham Trail. While the site appears just to be a hodgepodge of old relics, I was fascinated by the collection and what it represents. The area has been a rich source of gold, radium and now diamonds. The society is assembling a huge trove of artefacts to share the rich history of mining in the area. For over 70 years, mining has been the economic base; the industry provides over 50% of the NWT’s GDP. The town was established in the mid 1930s, became the territorial capital in 1967 and finally incorporated in1970. However, the area has long been the home of the Dene First Nation. Yellowknife is named after the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, so-named for the copper tools they traded, made from copper deposits near the Arctic coast.
More information: Northwest Mining Heritage Society
Photo illustration by John Ecker, pantheon photography