FERNIE, city, pop 4,611, has been a COAL mining centre since it was founded in 1898. Located in the Elk Valley of southeastern BC and nestled among the snow-capped ROCKY MTS, it is 52 km from the Alberta border in the CROWSNEST PASS area. William FERNIE, the founder, was a prospector, railway promoter and one of the organizers of the Crow's Nest Pass Coal Co. Coal from nearby Coal Creek mine fed the steam railways that were spreading across the west and the townsite grew along with the success...

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