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600 Busted Boomtowns

Elaine O’Connor, The Province, August 3, 2008

Reno Fabbro would love to go back and visit his hometown. Maybe take one of his four children or nine grandchildren on a road trip. But he can’t. It doesn’t exist.

The retired Kamloops principal was born in 1938 in Middletown, a coal-mining community in southeastern B.C.’s Elk Valley. The town of about 40 houses on three dirt streets sprang up between Michel (founded 1899) and Natal (1907) and the fortunes of the region and its estimated 1,500 residents followed those of the mines.

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