KIMBERLEY, city, pop 6,139 (2006), in the PURCELL MTS overlooking the KOOTENAY R valley, 30 km by road from CRANBROOK, is Canada's second-highest city (el 1,200 m). It was named after the diamond mining town in S Africa. It flourished in the 1890s as a MINING centre and grew with the success of the North Star and SULLIVAN MINES. The Sullivan, once the largest lead–ZINCSILVER mine in the world, closed at the end of 2001. Iron and tin were also processed here until 1974, and Cominco operated...

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