Brigus potential untapped
Efforts should be made to develop Brigus into the tourist destination that it can be. Unfortunately, about 90 per cent of Brigus’s great history is not made known to tourists.
John Leamon researched and wrote a great book on the history of Brigus entitled Brigus: Past Glory, Present Splendour in 1998. The challenge for us now is to get the great history of Brigus made known to tourists.
I feel that outdoor interpretation panels — storyboards or picture boards — placed throughout Brigus could help solve this problem. Brigus is a community that tourists and visitors love to walk through. If only there were interpretation panels placed throughout the community where tourists and visitors could see and read about the great history of this community.
The Rooms provincial archives has a collection of old Brigus photos. Memorial University has a collection. Then there is the A.C. Hunter Library collection. If only we can get those photos copied and placed on interpretation panels and placed throughout the community.
Finally, in closing, if Brigus was situated anywhere else in the world, it would have been developed into a major tourist destination like Lunenburg, N.S., which draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. William Pomeroy