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

Adit Entrance

 
 
Adit Entrance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
1. Adit Entrance Marker
Inscription. The adit, a horizontal entrance (located north of you), was extended into the sandstone cliff face with cut native sandstone blocks. The blocks were capped with large log beams spanned with small diameter ponderosa pine decking and then cover with rubble. The roof portal protected the coal miners from rocks falling from the sandstone outcrop above. The mine did not have a vertical shaft such as those often associated with hardrock mining, but instead inclined moderately down into the hillside following the flat sheet of the coal seam.
In 1900, the State Coal Mine Inspector reported that "the average number of employees was 65, the present number 62. The miners received 75 cents per ton for mining." By 1904, production from the Aladdin Mine had dipped to such a point that only 30 men were employed (Sheridan Post, December 13, 1904).
Though coal mining was neither as glamorous nor as high paying as hardcore mining, the dangers were as real and the adverse health effects of black lung seemed inevitable for long-term miners. As was the case with all coal mines, accidents occured (sic). Two "non-fatal casualties" were recorded at Aladdin in 1900. The first accident occured (sic) to Otto Carlson, a 44-year-old Swedish immigrant. His hand was smashed by falling rock in Aladdin No. 1. The other injury also took place in Aladdin
Adit Entrance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
2. Adit Entrance Marker
The adit is in the background.
No. 1 when a prop fell, striking a 51-year-old Scottish miner and breaking his right ankle.
The coal mine at its opening in 1898 was "supplied with natural ventilation" from a vertical shaft (located northeast of your location) in the face of the hillside above and east of the adit entrance. The remains of the fan housing, installed during later operations, is visible and marks the location of the now plugged shaft. The fan extracted air from the mine creating a negative pressure that sucked fresh air into the adit entrance.
 
Erected by Aladdin Histroical Society.
 
Location. 44° 38.34′ N, 104° 9.732′ W. Marker is near Aladdin, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker can be reached from Route 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. The Hoist House (here, next to this marker); Bioremediation (here, next to this marker); Aladdin Tipple History (within shouting distance of this marker); Tipple Stabilazation (sic) (within shouting distance of this marker); Tipple Operation (within shouting distance of this marker); Coal Production (within shouting distance of this marker); Later Years of Operation (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
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on September 23, 2016.
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