Coal Mine No. 8
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 43° 18.891 W 084° 10.027
16T E 729726 N 4799676
Quick Description: Located in the Hartley Outdoor Education Center on Beaver Road northwest of St. Charles. I'm not sure about the rules for visiting. The gates were open when we were there. The sign along the entrance says check in at the office upon arrival.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 12/21/2006 7:16:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM124E
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member "Paws"itraction
Views: 40

Long Description:
Coal was discovered in the St. Charles area in 1896. On this site in 1917 the Robert Gage Coal Company sunk a shaft two hundred feet beneath the surface. The main entry off the shaft was about three miles long. At times, the mine employed as many as four hundred men, who worked in pairs. In 1919 a miner earned sixty to seventy cents per ton. After undercutting and blasting coal from seams twenty-two to sixty-four inches thick, miners shoveled it into cars that were pulled by mules and electric motors to the cage, where it was lifted up the shaft to the tipple. It was then sorted, weighed and loaded into railroad cars. The highest grade of bituminous coal in Michigan was mined here until 1931, when the shift to other fuels and competition from higher grade coal in other states made it necessary to close.
Parking nearby?: yes

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website: [Web Link]

Registered Site #: Local Site #0869

Historical Date: Not listed

Historical Name: Not listed

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