Midland Provincial Park Picnic Spot

Great little spot for a picnic.  Not many trees but still the views were awesome!!  

The clouds were showing their uniqueness and made for some great shots.

This picnicking spot is the site of the Old Smith Home, McMullen Island, Midland Provincial Park.

Former Site of The Smith House

On this site stood the home of Mr. Frederick (Fred) R. Smith, Midland Coal Mining Co. Ltd.s’ first and last employee.

Fred Smith came from England in 1912.  By 1922, Fred had met Rae Bishop; they married on August 11, 1923, in Drumheller.

The Smith family soon had four children (two sons and two daughters) and eventually expanded to 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.  By the time the house was vacated in 1980s, four generations of the family had passed through its doors.

Fred began work at the Midland Mine in 1916 at 15 years of age.  Over the next 53 years he loaded coal, served as fire boss and did many other jobs.  Three generations of Smiths have worked in the mine.

In 1959, the Midland Coal Mine closed.  Fred Smith continued to work at the mine, overseeing the removal of mechanical equipment until his retirement in 1969.

McMullen Island