The Emerald Mine (Canex) near Salmo was unique. Under the ownership of Placer Development Inc. it not only generated 8,000,000 tons of lead/zinc ore, but was also Canada?s largest tungsten producer — second largest in North America. It was also the first mine in Canada to use heavy diesel-powered equipment underground.

In 1969, the BC Workers Compensation Board awarded its first ever gold medal for bravery to a Canex miner for his part in the dramatic rescue of miner Gil Mosses.

Using company-donated materials and equipment, volunteers built an Olympic sized swimming pool, heated with the cooling water from the mine?s giant air compressors.

Now for the first time, stories from the Emerald mine unfold in a book, Jewel of the Kootenays: The Emerald Mine, with over 350 photographs and illustrations, it provides not only a mine history, but it also relates the stories of those who worked at, or lived at this special place. Port Coquitlam author, Larry Jacobsen, is no stranger to the West Kootenays for he spent eight of his thirteen mining years there, including one summer at the Emerald.

Shawn Lamb, archivist at Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, says, ?This book fills an important gap in the history of the area.?

The author is on a tour of the province, and will soon be in the Peace River. He will show slides, talk about, and read excerpts from his book at:

Tumbler Ridge Public Library, 340 Front Street in Tumbler Ridge at 7:00 P.M..on May 19,

Hudson Hope Public Library, 9905 Dudley Street, in Hudson Hope at 7:00 P.M. on May 21.

Fort St. John Public Library, 10015 ? 100th St. in Fort St. John at 7:00 P.M. on May 22.

Dawson Creek Public Library, 1001 McKellar Ave. in Dawson Creek at 7:00 P.M. on May 23.

Fort Nelson Public Library, Town Square, in Fort Nelson at 7:00 P.M. on May 25.

Autographed copies of the book will be available after the presentation.

Soft cover, 344 pp. 8 ¼ x 10½, price $29.95, published by Salmo Arts and Museum Society in Sept. 2008, (, distributed by Gordon Soules Book Publishers Ltd., West Vancouver, BC.

The prestigious Northern Miner newspaper featured this book on its OP/ED pages in its Nov. 3 ? 9 issue in 2008. Jacobsen will be sharing his stories with audiences in more than two dozen libraries as well as in school classrooms throughout BC and the Yukon later this spring.