Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and Other Alberta Stories

By Brian Brennan

In his newest best-seller, Scoundrels and Scallywags, Brian Brennan brought us to Albertans who dared to be diversified. Now, in Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and different Alberta tales Brennan turns his attractions to erstwhile occasions, either sturdy and undesirable, that experience engaged the eye of Albertans through the years. Brennan roams around the sweep of Alberta historical past, retelling quite a lot of tales for a brand new new release. From front-page information goods (the Frank Slide and Leduc oil discovery) to lesser-known occasions (the Lonely Bachelors of "Dinosaur Valley" and the Rainmaker of medication Hat), Brennan chronicles many of the very good boondoggles and bonanzas that experience helped forge the Alberta story.

Always pleasing and sometimes excellent, Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and different Alberta Stories—Brennan's 5th book—celebrates the ups and downs, successes and scams of Canada's such a lot brilliant and self reliant province.

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In a letter to a pal, the inspector alleged that efforts by way of the mine vendors to advertise their estate in Europe as a reasonably cheap coal manufacturer, coupled with their reckless exploitation of the coal seam within the mountain, had set the level for catastrophe. Inspector Pearce famous that the Frank mine have been the 1st coal operation proven at the Alberta part of the Crowsnest go, and that it ran for simply years sooner than the slide happened. The crucial shareholders have been H. L. Frank, a flamboyant mining promoter from Montana, and his accomplice Sam Gebo (sometimes often called Gibeau or Gibault), an American entrepreneur of French-Canadian foundation.

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FC3661. eight. B73 2003 971. 23 C2003-911218-7 www. brianbrennan. ca creation This booklet started with a proposition from my writer, a tantalizing supply that I couldn’t refuse: How might i love to put in writing a e-book of reports approximately many of the occasions that experience engaged the eye of Albertans through the years? No specific topic, no governing inspiration, no particular time frame—just a potpourri of stories that appealed to me and might even be of curiosity to most of the people. after all, I jumped on the likelihood.

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