Mission Statement

This is in some ways a personal site reflecting my long off and on association with Uranium City. Like a documentary film, I use this site to explore the town, the history and culture of the North, the nuclear industry and its effects, the mystery of abandonment, but most of all the history of this small town where I was lucky enough to live off and on throughout my youth.
I lived in UC for two parts of my young life: from the mid-’60s to the very early ’70s when I was very young (my memories of this period are vague, mostly second-hand), then later in the late ’70s when I was in my teens, and the town was growing fast and seemed set to continue for decades, perhaps indefinitely, as a model northern town.
I went back as an adult fourteen years after the mine very abruptly closed, with just six months notice, in June, 1982. I stayed one week, and went back another four times, the last, in February 2003 with a producer and co-director Ole Gjerstad, and Dave Segerts, long-time resident and cinematographer, in an attempt to make a documentary film. We had exploration funding from the NFB, CBC, APTN and spent 10 days shooting in -35 degree weather. Alas, conditions in the Canadian film and TV industry changed that year, and we had difficulty securing more funding and all that remains is the 30+ hours of raw footage from that shoot. Over time that some of that footage will appear on this site, along with all and any other material I can secure from across the web, publications, company records, broadcast footage, archives personal and official.
Volumes exist on this little town, most of which has now been abandoned 30 years. Along with my own recollections, I hope collect the memories of anyone who cares to write in. An active diaspora stays in touch, both in regular town reunions (held in Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan), the long-running ‘Friends of Uranium City’ website, and a couple of active facebook pages, one for Uranium City, another for Eldorado, SK, the company town seven miles away in the shadow of the mammoth Beaverlodge Mine which fed Uranium City for most of her existence.
A lot of the writing on this site is necessarily subjective, formed out of my own experiences and memories. Yet I hope that by collecting these artifacts in one place I can encourage others to share their own experiences and memories, and so compile a more complete history of the town and the area.

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  1. Hi Tim,
    I taught in Uranium City from 1977 to 1982(Mrs. Speed–Marjorie). I think maybe I had a brother of yours in my class–I am wracking my brains to think of his name (Jamie?) but I remember a Beckett. It was a wonderful 5 years–I am still connected with many of the other teachers. We’ve had a couple of reunions.
    I was married to William (Will) Speed then. We moved to Liverpool Nova Scotia when the mine closed. I am still here. William died of cancer in 1995.
    Of course many people said it was because we lived in Uranium City. My answer was that I know many people here in Nova Scotia and elsewhere who have died of cancer and most of the people I knew in Uranium City are still alive and have lived healthy lives.I tend to think of cancer as somewhat like the 6/49 lottery, that you hit a certain combination of factors that sets it off. Maybe Uranium City was one of those for William?
    I’m not sure why–maybe it’s because I’m writing my Christmas cards to Uranium City friends, but I’ve been feeling nostalgic for our time in Uranium City. My son actually found this site and told me about it. He was born here in Nova Scotia but hopes to get up there some time.

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