A Trip to the Coal Mine

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 09
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1977
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title A Trip to the Coal Mine
Description and small stove-size lumps. Extra boards had been added to wagon boxes so that bigger loads could be hauled. And, wedging large chunks of coal into the wagon corners made for good utilization of space. (Coal taken from the mine in the early 1920's sold for $I.75 a ton. Then it went to $2.00 and next to $2.50. Now coal taken from a mine costs from $16.00 to $20.00 a ton.) As we left the mine, Mr. Rasmussen, a neighbor, saw us and hollered, "We'll be camping at the Forks. Want to join us there at sun down?" But, we had made previous plans to camp with the Hafen outfit in Huntington Canyon. The following day, we rode horses--the same horses that pulled the wagons--through James Canyon and over the mountain to Clear Creek. My "little girl diary" records a beautiful ride through the aspen and pine trees, a once-over glance at the small mining town, and a tiring horseback ride back be-fore pitching camp that night at Gooseberry. There was a full moon to light our camp as we ate, as we sang songs, and as we slept under the stars, and as the men cared for the horses,--watering them, feeding them and bedding them down for the night. Papa usually drove two span of big work horses when he went for coal, or perhaps, took a single horse along to help pull the load in a pinch. He greased the wagon wheels prior to the trip and, later, chopped down an aspen tree and used portions of the trunk as brake blocks for the downhill grades. The hand brake, a large lever with several notches, was in constant use. In earlier days, I was told, a drag log was tied to the back of the wagon to slow its descent. Driving the teams which pulled the big loads of coal re-quired capable men like Papa and Uncle Hyrum. The "gees" and the "haws" could be heard throughout the canyons as drivers pressed on, up steep grades and down narrow dugways. The grades were so severe that, often, drivers had to stop every twenty-five or fifty yards to "wind" their horses. Shingle Mill Hill was especially troublesome. We were glad when the weather was good, for when it rained, the dugways could become slick and dangerous. -24-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324778
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