Working in the Mines

Working in the Mines (HM1QH6)

Location: Superior, WY 82945 Sweetwater County
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N 41° 45.736', W 108° 58.083'

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Men and machines became the rule within the Superior Coal Field. While mules and horses were used in the early years, by the late 1930's, most of the mines had mechanized loaders, conveyors, and cutters. The cutters under-cut the coal, the loaders lifted the coal and the conveyors on the back of the mining machine (which) carried the coal away from the area mined to waiting coal cars used to haul the coal to the surface. Most of the coal cars were hauled by electric "motors" or "locomotives." There were however, some mines in the late 1930's that still relied on the trustworthy mule to haul the coal to the surface.

The electric locomotives increased the amount of coal that could be hauled out of a mine in a given time, but they also increased the dangers. Yet, the Superior Mines maintained an excellent safety record throughout their history, winning the coveted "Sentinels of Safety" trophy four times.

The bronze statuette depicts an anxious wife with her child in her arms awaiting the safe return of her husband and father from his day's work. It was awarded each year for outstanding safety work in all bituminous coal mines of the United States. "B" Mine won the award in 1933, "C" in 1934, "D" in 1937 and "B" again in 1938.
HM NumberHM1QH6
Placed ByThe People of the Town of South Superior, The Wyoming Department of Environment, Tern Engineering, Western Wyoming Community College, Noel Griffith & Associates, Sweetwater County Commissioners, Linda Tallifero, Larry Calier and Fred Radosovich
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Date Added Thursday, January 14th, 2016 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 668910 N 4625376
Decimal Degrees41.76226667, -108.96805000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 45.736', W 108° 58.083'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 45' 44.16" N, 108° 58' 4.98" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 109 Main St, Superior WY 82945, US
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