Roslyn Coal Mining

Roslyn Coal Mining (HMPPT)

Location: Roslyn, WA 98941 Kittitas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 47° 13.347', W 120° 59.702'

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In 1886, Northern Pacific Railroad mining engineers located large seams of coal and the town of Roslyn was founded.
Coal mining, though dirty and dangerous work, attracted large numbers of immigrants to Roslyn - Serbians, Croatians, Poles, Italians, Lithuanians, and others. During an 1888 strike, the Northern Pacific Coal Company brought in hundreds of African Americans as strikebreakers. Despite the rough reception, many made Roslyn their home.
In the first decades of the twentieth century, competition from other mining regions and sources of energy, such as oil, led to a slow decline in coal mining in Roslyn. In 1963, economics forced the closure of the last large commercial mine in the area. Today, four-fifths of the coal deposits remain unmined.
Placed ByWashington Department of Transportation
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 11:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 651792 N 5231834
Decimal Degrees47.22245000, -120.99503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 13.347', W 120° 59.702'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 13' 20.82" N, 120° 59' 42.12" W
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Area Code(s)509
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 208 W Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn WA 98941, US
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