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

Women and the Reliance Mines

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Women and the Reliance Mines Marker
Inscription. From 1910 to 1955, the mines at Reliance produced coal for the Union Pacific Railroad. To staff these mines, people from a variety of countries were hired. During World War II there were not enough mine workers to extract the coal. People were brought in from Oklahoma and Arkansas and housed in railroad cars. Yet there were still not enough workers, and women entered the work force in the coal industry. Women had long been considered bad luck underground, and this superstition died slowly. One of the first places women found work was in the Reliance tipple. Working alongside men in the black dust, women sorted coal throughout the war years. Here, at the "picking tables'" inside the Reliance tipple, dust-covered women sorted coal amidst the deafening noise of the now silent shaking screens.
 
Erected by Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department.
 
Location. 41° 40.096′ N, 109° 11.808′ W. Marker is in Reliance, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker is on South Street near 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 South Street, Reliance WY 82943, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Reliance Tipple (within shouting distance of
Women and the Reliance Mines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Women and the Reliance Mines Marker
this marker); Tipples and the Reliance Coal Mines (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Spring Stage Station Site (approx. 4.8 miles away); Rock Springs Coal (approx. 5.8 miles away); Beneath This Monument (approx. 5.8 miles away); Rock Springs Coal Welcome Sign (approx. 5.8 miles away); Landscapes of Power (approx. 5.9 miles away); Eskridge Draw (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reliance.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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