LETHBRIDGE: A local group has come to the city asking for
support to protect and develop a piece of Lethbridge history, which they feel
could become a major tourist attraction.
The Galt #8 Mine Historic Site Society is asking for $3.6-million to purchase
the property, located at the north end of University Drive, make some immediate
repairs to preserve the site and put together a concept business plan.
Alvin Reinhard Fritz made the presentation to Finance Committee, saying that
once developed with an interpretive centre that would include things like live theater and a restaurant, it wouldn't have any trouble bringing tourists into
our city, "You know I honestly believe that this could be a draw of
international acclaim. We do after all have the longest and highest iron trestle
bridge in the world, and that is our High Level Bridge, and to see it in the
context of this mine site that interprets it so well, would draw people from all
over the globe."
An evaluation done by Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc. in 2012 to
determine the structural integrity of the building on the site, determined that
they were well constructed and have the potential to be developed into
attraction for the general public. Fritz called it, "One of the best preserved
mine sites in all of North America."
The project is one of many that came before Finance Committee earlier this
week. City Council will debate which ones get their financial support in