11.03.2011 - 13.03.2011 -7 °C
On the way to a family ski trip this past weekend, we past Frank Slide. I had been as a kid and always had such incredible memories of the place.
In 1903, the mountain above Frank, AB slide on top of the town. The slide covered part of the town and killed 70 people. The remaining inhabitants of the town moved further away for fear of another slide.
There were many myths surrounding the slide, including one about a baby girl, who was found sitting on top of the rocks, being the only survivor. The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre website sheds light on this:
The story of a baby girl being the only survivor of the Frank Slide is erroneous, though one of our most famous myths. This story does have its roots in bits of truth, as there were several young girls who survived the disaster. The first was Fernie Watkins, a young girl found in the debris by pit boss, Edgar Ash. The second girl was Marion Leitch, 15 months old, who was thrown from her house to safety on a pile of hay. Gladys Ennis was 27 months old at the time of the disaster, and was found in a pile of mud. Lucy Ennis, Gladys's mother, is credited with saving her life, as she cleared her daughter's nose and throat of mud.
When I went as a kid, I spent hours devouring all the information in the interpretive centre (and climbing the rocks, even though that isn't allowed). It was such an amazing and tragic story and the visual reminder is breathtaking.
As an adult, passing the landscape that now resembles the moon, brought back found memories of my previous travels, but also a sense of awe for the power of mother nature.