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Canmore Legends

Photo by Colin Ferguson

Photo by Colin Ferguson

Learn about the people who shaped Canmore during the Local Legends exhibit at the Canmore Museum. One compelling story is of John ‘Buck’ Kaleta (shown). Born in 1917, Buck’s career mirrored the town’s mining past. As a teenager he picked rock from coal and installed underground track for mine cars. After passing his miner’s exam, Buck shoveled coal into those cars for 30 years. In 1950 he moved above ground to work as a prospector studying outcrops for telltale signs of coal seams. Buck left mining in 1976, three years before Canmore’s last mine closed. —LS

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