Coal Mining Historical

Coal Mining Historical (HM1TFN)

Location: Frostburg, MD 21532 Allegany County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 39.555', W 78° 55.306'

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Bituminous coal had been discovered in what is now Allegany County before the French and Indian War. Although farmers worked small individual diggings prior to the Nineteenth Century, it would not be until about 1820 that coal obtained some degree of commercial importance. This early 1900s postcard view, with the year 1908 engraved above the cement portal mine opening, is of a Frostburg area coal mine at Carlos Junction. Early coal mining was done by pick and shovel. As depicted here, horses and mules pulled the hand loaded trams or wagons from the mines to the railroad for shipment east. In 1906 Maryland would reach a record high of 6,436 miners, with coal production reaching 5.5 million tons the following year. Among the nation's largest producers of bituminous coal was Frostburg's famous Consolidation Coal Company.

It was Consolidation's Frostburg area coal mines and Maryland steam coal that supplies the Cunard Steamship Line, and was also the preferred coal of the United States Navy because of its "smokeless" qualities. Consolidation coal was shipped worldwide and in 1898 Frostburg area mines also provided the blacksmithing coal for the Klondike gold fields of the Canadian Yukon.

[text with the postcard image] From the collection of Albert and Angela Feldstein.
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Date Added Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 678283 N 4392002
Decimal Degrees39.65925000, -78.92176667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 39.555', W 78° 55.306'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 39' 33.3" N, 78° 55' 18.36" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Great Allegheny Passage, Frostburg MD 21532, US
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