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Superior in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Working in the Mines

 
 
Working in the Mines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. Working in the Mines Marker
Caption: "Sentinels of Safety" trophy
Inscription. Men and machines became the rule within the Superior Coal Field. While mules and horses were used in the early years, by the late 1930's, most of the mines had mechanized loaders, conveyors, and cutters. The cutters under-cut the coal, the loaders lifted the coal and the conveyors on the back of the mining machine (which) carried the coal away from the area mined to waiting coal cars used to haul the coal to the surface. Most of the coal cars were hauled by electric "motors" or "locomotives." There were however, some mines in the late 1930's that still relied on the trustworthy mule to haul the coal to the surface.
The electric locomotives increased the amount of coal that could be hauled out of a mine in a given time, but they also increased the dangers. Yet, the Superior Mines maintained an excellent safety record throughout their history, winning the coveted "Sentinels of Safety" trophy four times.
The bronze statuette depicts an anxious wife with her child in her arms awaiting the safe return of her husband and father from his day's work. It was awarded each year for outstanding safety work in all bituminous coal mines of the United States. "B" Mine won the award in 1933, "C" in 1934, "D" in 1937 and "B" again in 1938.
 
Erected by The People of the Town of South Superior,
Working in the Mines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. Working in the Mines Marker
This marker is on the left.
The Wyoming Department of Environment, Tern Engineering, Western Wyoming Community College, Noel Griffith & Associates, Sweetwater County Commissioners, Linda Tallifero, Larry Calier and Fred Radosovich.
 
Location. 41° 45.736′ N, 108° 58.083′ W. Marker is in Superior, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 371) near Berta Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 Main Street, Superior WY 82945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town Development (here, next to this marker); Immigrants (here, next to this marker); Opening the Mines (here, next to this marker); Unions (a few steps from this marker); Prospecting (a few steps from this marker); Superior (a few steps from this marker); Point of Rocks (approx. 10.7 miles away); An Unsolved Mystery (approx. 10.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Superior.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Miners Union Hall.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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