| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Orange truck, Yellowknife Mining Museum, Yellowknife, NWT, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

ORANGE TRUCK, YELLOWKNIFE MINING MUSEUM:  For over 70 years, mining has been Yellowknife’s economic base. The industry provides over 50% of the Northwest Territory’s GDP.  The town was established in the mid 1930s, became the territorial capital in 1967 and finally incorporated in1970.  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.

More information: Northwest Mining Heritage Society

Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 18mm, f6.3, 1/125 sec., ISO 1600.   Photo by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography

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