I continue to marvel at the amazing feats of our fathers. With loggers in our family history, seeing historical photos of life in the woods and how challenging it was, is both fun and inspiring. "They did what"! The same can surely be said for coal miners during those same times. In fact, the dangers they faced scare me even more given how much time they spent underground. With many mine entrances and top works located along steep canyons and raging rivers, surviving above ground could be challenging too.
Put yourself in these miners' shoes. How do you fix this problem?
Image courtesy University of Washington Libraries, WAS1966, circa 1890-1905
The above photo shows miners working to clear railroad access to the their facilities at one of the Carbonado mines following a rock slide. Your tools - grab a shovel. Not only was it dangerous, with more loose rocks above and ready to cascade down on you at any minute, but how in the world do you move these boulders using shovels? All in a days work.