MALAGASH, N.S. – Salt mining in Malagash ended in 1959, but the history of the mine is in good hands. “When I was growing up the salt mine was still in operation,” said Lorraine Blaxland. “It didn’t close until 1959, and my dad worked in the salt mine.”
Blaxland is an assistant at the Malagash Salt Mine Museum, giving tours one day a week during the summer. This week she gave tours on Sunday. Blaxland grew up in Malagash and moved away for 20 years before moving back in 1991.
She attended a two-room elementary school located behind the museum, on College Road. “That’s where I was until I graduated in Grade 6, and then I went to school in Pugwash,” said Blaxland. “There was only one teacher in Grade 6. The two rooms were opened up to make one room.” Her dad worked on the surface of the Malagash mine.
“When the mine closed here in Malagash he continued to work at the salt mine in Pugwash.” Most of the men who worked in Malagash commuted to Pugwash after the Malagash mine closed.
“It was the 1960’s and mines were developed in other parts of Canada, so some men took the opportunity to go to Ontario and try some other mine, but a lot of the men continued to be salt miners in Pugwash,” said Blaxland. The Malagash mine opened in 1918, and mining was a part time job for many of the men living in Malagash.
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