Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Miner Post

USA US-566007 received 12-05-2009

From: West Virginia, USA
ID number: US-566007
Notes: As the base says, this statue honors miners that have lost their lives working in coal mines.  According to the back of the card, in 1904, 588 miners lost their lives for every 100 million tons of coal produced.  While that number has decreased significantly, coal mining can still be a dangerous occupation due to cave-ins, falling rocks, explosives and gases.  Coal is a important industry in West Virginia, and has been since after the civil war when the railroads made transporting large quantities of coal more practical and efficient.  Coal is even the official state rock of West Virginia.  

I don't know where in West Virginia this statue is located.  There are several other coal miner statues that come up in my search, but I couldn't seem to find this one.

Illinois - Museum of Science and Industry Coal Mine, Chicago

Notes: If you would like to experience what it is like to be in a coal mine, but don't want to be in a such a dirty, dangerous environment, you can always go to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  *shamelessplug*   There has been a coal mine exhibit at the museum since it opened its doors back in 1933.  In the current exhibit, you ride an elevator down in the 'mine' and then take a tour of the mine, including a ride on the little train shown on the right side of this card.  You can learn about the evolution of coal mining technology, see a number of machines in use, and then end in the control room of a modern computerized mine.

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