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Blasting at Swalley Mine

Blasting at Swalley Mine
Date: Between 1940 and 1960
View of two men setting explosives at Swalley Mine, possibly operated by the Eagle-Picher mining company.


Boiler into Trent mine

Boiler into Trent mine
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
View of men with two tractors hauling a boiler into the Trent mine. The location is likely the Tri-state mining district of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, but exact location is unknown.


Caterpillar loader

Caterpillar loader
Date: May 25, 1948
Caterpillar loader chassis being landed at bottom of a shaft at the Westside mine, Kansas, possibly operated by the Eagle Picher Lead Co.


Central Mill and tailing pile

Central Mill and tailing pile
Date: Between 1940 and 1960
View of a central mill and tailing pile, probably in the tri-state mining district of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma, and possibly owned by the Eagle Picher Lead Co.


Coal fields, Pittsburg, Kansas

Coal fields, Pittsburg, Kansas
Date: Between 1900s and 1920s
These five photographs show various scenes of the coal fields in Pittsburg, Kansas.


Coal fields, Pittsburg, Kansas

Coal fields, Pittsburg, Kansas
Date: Between 1900s and 1920s
These five photographs show various scenes of the coal fields in Pittsburg, Kansas.


Coal fields, Pittsburg, Kansas

Coal fields, Pittsburg, Kansas
Date: Between 1900s and 1920s
These five photographs show various scenes of the coal fields in Pittsburg, Kansas.


Coal fields, Pittsburg, Kansas

Coal fields, Pittsburg, Kansas
Date: Between 1900s and 1920s
These two photographs show scenes of the coal fields in Pittsburg, Kansas.


Coal miner

Coal miner
Creator: Kansas. Dept. of Economic Development
Date: 1940s or 1950s
View of a coal miner at work with a pick and lantern. The location of the mine is unknown.


Coal stripping shovel

Coal stripping shovel
Date: Between 1940 and 1960
Postcard of a coal stripping shovel in south-eastern Kansas.


Custom mill

Custom mill
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
View of a custom mill at Brooks (Kansas ?).


Drag loader

Drag loader
Date: Between 1940 and 1960
View of a drag loader in operation showing water sprays to control dust useful in final cleanup of mines, possibly owned by the Eagle Picher Lead Co. Probably in the tri-state mining district of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma.


Eagle Picher miners

Eagle Picher miners
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
View of Eagle Picher Lead Co. miners before hard hats were required, probably in the tri-state mining district of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma.


Ideal Mining Company, mill no.1

Ideal Mining Company, mill no.1
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
View of the Ideal Mining Co., Mill No.1 built by Wigginton & Milton contractors


Kansas National Guard soldiers on duty during the coal miners' strike

Kansas National Guard soldiers on duty during the coal miners' strike
Date: 1919
These National Guard soldiers are standing by a tent near the coal mines. On November 1, 1919, over 10,000 coal miners went on strike in southeast Kansas for a six-hour day, five-day work week, and a 60 percent wage raise. When the strike occurred the state had only a two week supply of coal. The state took charge of the mines, arbitrated futilely, and then called for 1,000 volunteers to replace the miners. During November and December 10,000 college and ex-service men responded. Governor Henry J. Allen and the Kansas National Guard, Fourth Regiment reported for duty as well. The strike ended on December 10, 1919, and the miners were ordered back to work.


Lead and zinc mine

Lead and zinc mine
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
View of a lead and zinc mine built by Wigginton & Milton, contractors.


Loading rail cars with washed chat

Loading rail cars with washed chat
Date: Between 1940 and 1970
Loading rail cars with washed chat at Ottawa chat-loading plant.


Lorain Shovel Loading 15-2 Truck

Lorain Shovel Loading 15-2 Truck
Date: Between 1940 and 1960
View of a Lorain Shovel Loading 15-2 Truck at the Westside Mine, probably in the tri-state mining district of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma, and possibly owned by the Eagle Picher Lead co.


Map of Kansas. The direct route to all points in central, southern and southwestern Kansas is the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

Map of Kansas. The direct route to all points in central, southern and southwestern Kansas is the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1884
This bouchure includes a map of Kansas showing the routes of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad within the State of Kansas. Shading on both sides of the main line of the railroad indicates the Land Grant. All unsold lands are within a colored portion of the map. The brouchure includes a smaller map showing all of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe routes and connecting lines in the United States and Mexico. The brouchure advertises "Land Explorers' Round-trip Tickets", good for forty days at cheap rates. Approximately 18 panels describe these features of Kansas agriculture to be in good condition: dairy, Kansas sugar, irrigation, railroad lands, vacant lands, manufacturing, fuel supply, and education in Kansas.


Map of the Oklahoma and Kansas mining district

Map of the Oklahoma and Kansas mining district
Date: 1926
This map from Dixon's Oklahoma- Kansas Mining Directory, illustrates the mining operations that made up the Oklahoma and south eastern Kansas mining district.


Miners

Miners
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
View of miners seated on rocks at the Bullfrog Mine in Chitwood (Missouri?). The Eagle-Picher mining company likely operated the mine.


Mines in Kansas shall not close Capper declares

Mines in Kansas shall not close Capper declares
Creator: Topeka Capital
Date: August 23, 1917
With war waging in Europe and coal being rationed, Governor Capper initiates a probe of the coal operating companies books. "The people must have coal and they are going to have it as long as it is in the ground and can be mined". That was the essence of Governor Capper's statement to reporters on August 23, 1917. Price negotiations had been made in some parts of the country but the governor argues that prices had not been negotiated for states west of the Mississippi and the public is being charged the highest prices while coal companies profit.


Mining zinc

Mining zinc
Creator: Sparlin, Orrick
Date: 1940s
View of zinc mining operation from Eagle-Picher Mining & Smelting Co.


Mule pulling a cart of coal

Mule pulling a cart of coal
Date: Between 1910 and 1930
View of a mule pulling a cart of coal, probably in the tri-state mining district of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma, and possibly showing operations owned by the Eagle Picher Lead Co.


Murphy open pit mine

Murphy open pit mine
Date: Between 1940 and 1970
Murphy open pit mine, Cherokee County, Kansas.


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