“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Eagle Pass in Maverick County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Eagle Pass Coal Mines

Eagle Pass Coal Mines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel
1. Eagle Pass Coal Mines Marker
Inscription. Although the Indian, Spanish, and early anglo-American inhabitants knew of this area's large bituminous coal deposits, commercial mining did not begin until 1885, when F. H. Hartz opened a hillside mine near the Rio Grande. For a time, it was the largest producing mine in Texas, but damage from an 1892 fire caused it to close several years later. Hartz then started another mine for the Maverick County Coal Co., which evolved into the Olmos Coal, coke, and Oil Company. Under direction of Pasquale and Rocco DeBona, this company reached a production peak of 1,200 tons a day.

Another mining operation was the Eagle Pass Coal and Coke Company, formed in 1893 by Louis Dolch, J. B. Dibrell, and Emil Moshiem. Their mines (.25 miles south) supplied fuel for Southern Pacific Railroad locomotives until 1902. The town of Dolchburg, now called Seco Mines, was built in 1905, with housing for 90 workers. After Dolch's death in 1907, the International Coal Mine Company took over the operation. By 1910, this firm employed 350 men and produced about 1,000 tons of coal a day. Competition from oil, natural gas, and other fuels caused the mines to decline. The main Olmos Co. shafts closed in 1912, but Olmo's Lamar Mine (3.5 miles northeast) and the International Co. Mines were operating as late as 1925.
Eagle Pass Coal Mines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel
2. Eagle Pass Coal Mines Marker
1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1327.)
Location. 28° 45.3′ N, 100° 29.709′ W. Marker is in Eagle Pass, Texas, in Maverick County. Marker is on Del Rio Boulevard (U.S. 277) 0.1 miles north of Juanita Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eagle Pass TX 78852, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maverick County Courthouse (approx. 3.2 miles away); Maverick County (approx. 3.2 miles away); Eagle Pass C.S.A. (approx. 3.2 miles away); Fort Duncan (approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Duncan (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fort Duncan Infantry Barracks (approx. 3.7 miles away).
Categories. Industry & Commerce
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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