Its bee n fun reading you catching up on this foxglove!
If you consider there were not so may people back in the late 1800s in Nanaimo, you have to realize that husbands fathers and sons were lost, and that there were terrible consequenses for the widows because women did not work the mines or out of the home back then.
The bereaving famillies were then ousted from the home, the miners cabin provided by the company and yet all of them made it by helping each other and from the remaining miners looking after their own.
I talked to an old miner last year at a local pub (also open in the miniing days) and I said how hatrd life was.
He looked at me in shock and said "I was never hungry and I was never cold."
I will never forget those words. All the danger and hard work and abuse from the owners and greed that went on on the upper levels, yet these simple words to cross over 100 years and say "man you dudes are spoiled jelly!"
Do not forget the chinese immigrant railways workers, paid a bowl of rice and a puff of opium for hard long days of toil on the railway.
When the time came that social conciense dictated that these men be paid the men were blown up in a suspicious explosion on Payday.
The old china town burned down but the laborers of the day, the miners and the chinese got along very well and people would come from all the outlying areas to see our china town...on the day off and to visit relatives.
there will be so many spirits and stories you will have years of interesting stuff to check into. It is genuine grassroots stuff and not that long ago really.
The excesses of the one of the big owners Dunsmuir can be viewed at the Dunsmuir House in Victoria.
this is also a city full of ghosts and the house is haunted. there are tunnels from the sea into some of the old buildings and hauntings are just regualr.
Lots to see above ground as well.
Welcome foxglove, adventure awaits.
(pic) Keep warm, and winter well.