Coal country through French eyes

The loss of the world's appetite for coal has caused the region to look for new revenue sources


September 1, 2022

Mike Armstrong

Alexis Buisson, a journalist from France, stands next to a coal furnace at the Hanna Rec Center.

The town of Hanna, once a major coal boomtown as recent as the 1980s, has watched jobs disappear to the point, the town itself is the largest employer versus any other industry.

The transition has not been an easy one for the miners and their families that have lived in the area for generations.

In the Hanna Basin area, coal has been the lifeblood for development to the town of Hanna. Now there is little evidence coal was king other than a few sites, like the Hanna Basin Museum, which has archived photographs, documents and historical artifacts of this past time, for future generations to c...

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