The historic Miner’s Union Hospital is at 7805 – 18th Avenue in Coleman, next to the Crowsnest Pass Museum. It is owned by the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and has recently been restored for continued use a drop-in centre by the Coleman Seniors. The photo at right shows the former hospital prior to restoration work. This project is a good example of the appropriate re-use of a heritage building which now satisfies a modern-day community need in a comfortable and stylish manner.
One of the concessions made by the International Coal and Coke company following the 1905 strike was to provide the land, electricity, water and coal for a miner’s hospital in Coleman. Designed and built by local contractors Edmund Disney and Wes Johnston, the Miner’s Union Hospital had seventeen beds, a convalescence sun room and, upstairs, accommodation for two nurses. The hospital operated from 1906 to 1949 when a new hospital was opened in Blairmore, then was used as a union hall and community centre. The building was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 1986. The Miner’s Union Hospital and other historic buildings can be located on the Coleman Heritage Driving Tour map.