OH YA BOY.
Thar's gold in them thar hills!!
I live in Kootenay area of BC, where Silver and Gold were what brought people here in the first, or second after natives, place.
There are many mines around here , many gold and silver strikes [they go together]
Rossland was the biggest producer I think, and Nelson, Ymir, Salmon Siding [now Salmo after the Salmon were blocked by dams!] and others. Slocan, the Silvery Trrail , they call it.
Now, most of these places are ski paradises due to the great snow here. We had a dump last night, the hills are ready early, C'mon.
Now, Trail is still producing ore, and the Sparwood area is producing top grade coal by the mega tonne.
The town of Trail area turned all red-brown as the vegitation died from the pollution.
Our streams are rife with heavy metal pollution, Salmo River has car bodies along the banks holding back toxic dumps of cyanide and arsenic and mercury. Really awful stuff.Want photos?
The Salmo River was used to dump 100,000's of tons of mining waste. Nobody eats the [remaining] fish even now.
Oh yes, mining shaped this area.
First, they burned off all the cedar forests so they could see the gold and travel easier - really disgusting stuff. Thousands of sq miles of virgin forest was leveled and now is just scrappy trees and loose soils.
History is as bleak as Prophesy eh?