Uranium City & Eldorado

 

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© Copyright by Ch. Breier 2007

 

Cant  belive the size of that place... 

Uranium City is a weathered outpost now, the remains of a town slowly being swallowed by the wilderness. What's left lingers amid thick pines and brush and endless crystal blue lakes that dot the heavy bedrock like droplets on a freshly waxed car hood.On the outskirts of town, suburban bungalows flayed by the elements and decades of neglect squat in the overgrowth, roofs caved in, windows blown out. Fractured sidewalks lead to weed-choked cul-de-sacs where no one has lived for years. 

 

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                                         To bad ...

 

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                               Must be a nice place back than... 

 

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                              Old cars in the bush...

 

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                                        Dean Klassen

 

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Not mutch rediation in the city... 

Uranium City is a settlement in northwestern Saskatchewan, Canada. It is on the northern shores of Lake Athabasca near the border of the Northwest Territories. It is located at 59°34′N, 108°37′W and 230 m above sea level 

One of the first Uranium mines in Canada  was established in 1953, on the shores of Lake Athabasca. A full-fledged settlement was established near the mine and christened Uranium City. However, when the bottom fell out of the market the population dropped from a high of 4,000 in 1973, during the heyday of mining, to 200 in 1983, when the mining stopped. 

 

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Down Town  Uranium City 

In 1952, the provincial government decided to establish a town to service the mines in the Beaverlodge uranium area by Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited. In 1954 the local newspaper The Uranium Times noted that 52 mines were operating and 12 open pit mines were next to Beaverlodge Lake. Initially, most of the residences in Uranium City were simply tents. With the boom of uranium mining, Uranium City was a thriving town up to the year 1982, with its population approaching the 5,000 threshold required to achieve city status in the province. The closure of the mines in 1983 led to economic collapse, with most residents of the town leaving. It was later designated as a northern settlement with about 300 people remaining. After the closure of the local hospital in the spring of 2003, the population fell further to about 70 people

 

Eldorado

 

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                             The Lake behind the Mine

 

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                  Not mutch left from the Mine, beside radiation.... 

 

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                         Mutch higher Radiation than normal... 

 

 

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