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Near Aladdin in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Tipple Operation

 
 
Tipple Operation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
1. Tipple Operation Marker
Inscription. The structure before you is one of the last historic wooden coal tipples left in the west. The wooden tipple structure is an example of mine engineering technology used in the late 1800's and early 1900's. This type of structure is no longer used in the coal mining industry.
The tipple consists of two distinct parts: the coal bin, which is the large gable-roofed structure (uphill portion) and the chutes (downhill portion). The gable-roofed structure would receive and store the coal for the sorting and loading process. When the door at the bottom of the bin was opened, the tapered, funnel shape of the bin floor would gravity feed the coal to the chute system. The chute system was constructed in such a way as to allow nut-sized, egg, and lump-sized coal to be sorted as it traveled by gravity down the slope of the tipple. Their are three transloading chutes for dumping sorted coal into the train cars. Prior to sediment eroding from the hillside above, their was sufficient room under the two lower bays for train cars. The third track was loaded from the chute on the south face of the tipple.
The remains of a catwalk are visible on the east side of the tipple. From the catwalk the tipple operator would coax the coal down the chute, pulling and poking the coal with a handled tool.

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Tipple Operation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
2. Tipple Operation Marker
This marker is second from the left. The tipple is visible in the background.
see a cross-sectional view of the tipple

 
Erected by Aladdin Historical Society.
 
Location. 44° 38.334′ N, 104° 9.762′ W. Marker is near Aladdin, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 24 near Owl Creek Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aladdin WY 82710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tipple Stabilazation (sic) (here, next to this marker); Coal Production (here, next to this marker); Aladdin Tipple History (a few steps from this marker); Later Years of Operation (within shouting distance of this marker); Adit Entrance (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hoist House (within shouting distance of this marker); Bioremediation (within shouting distance of this marker); Vore Buffalo Jump (approx. 7.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Aladdin.
 
More about this marker. Aladdin Tipple Historical Interpretive Park is approximately 1/2 mile east of Aladdin.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Aladdin Tipple image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
3. The Aladdin Tipple
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on September 23, 2016.
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