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Miner's Cabin

Built behind Banff's 'Wilson & Fear General Store' around 1885, this cabin originally served as a taxidermy shop frequented by Banff tourists hunting game animals. While not part of the many gold rushes that took place in Alberta and British Columbia between 1858 and 1912, this cabin does illustrate the sort of rustic lodgings used by miners at the time.

Gold miners endured rough and dirty lives and built small cabins like this one near their claims to prevent claim-jumpers from taking their gold. Their cabins were furnished simply with both furniture they made themselves from saplings and the meager contents of their backpacks. Gold rushes never lasted long, leaving abandoned mines and ghost towns all over the remote Cariboo region of British Columbia and the Klondike.

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