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Iron-rich springs unload their minerals in shallow pools in this place and stain the earth a deep yellow. A color known as ochre. People have been visiting this spot for centuries and cultivating the ochre for use as dyes. Hundreds of years ago it was Native Americans who scooped out the ochre for body paint and other uses. Later Canadians actively mined the spot and sent wagonloads of ochre to cities for use as a commercial dye. Around the 1920s the mining operation ceased with the creation of Kootenay National Park.

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  • Written Jul 13, 2003
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