September 07, 2011

Coal Mine

Coal Mine by ricmcarthur
Coal Mine, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Really.
That small opening on the side of a hill is a drift mine in West Virginia.
Drift mines have horizontal entries into the coal seam from a hillside. This one was probably used back in the 1930's.
Men would crawl in and excavate a coal seam and sell the coal to one of the mines.
Dirty dangerous work.

Would You crawl in there?

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