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Old 04-02-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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Today A good friend of mine let Me and another friend go in a coal mine he works at in Boone County near Sherman. We went down 7400ft into the mountain, and 400ft vertical. It was the most amazing thing I'd done in awhile!!!

Any cool mine experiences????
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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I went into one in Southern Illinois. It was about 400 ft below Rend Lake if I remember right. The company turned off all the machinery and lights. There we were, standing in the dank dark listening to methane hiss out of the walls. Spooky!
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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Exhibition coal mine in Beckley, but that's kind of like an amusement park coal mine.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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I went into one in Southern Illinois. It was about 400 ft below Rend Lake if I remember right. The company turned off all the machinery and lights. There we were, standing in the dank dark listening to methane hiss out of the walls. Spooky!
Yeah, we turned all the lights off too! It was so dark my eyes hurt

I have always appreciated the hard work that coal miners do, but after today I have a whole new understanding of what they do! I'm so proud to be a West Virginian!

I was shocked at how all of the workers were as "normal" as anybody who works anywhere else! The guy who got us down there is a great example, and I had no idea of how he did his job until today!
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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Exhibition coal mine in Beckley, but that's kind of like an amusement park coal mine.
I've been there and yes I agree about it being very "fake", even though it was an old mine.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:54 AM
 
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:25 AM
 
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When I returned to Wv from Portland, Oregon in 1971 the only work available was in the mines.
I took that job and worked in that industry for 21 years.

It was a tremendous and horrible carreer.

With a crew of great men, I set a production tonnage record at one mine that stood for 11 years.
With that, was a personal saftey record of five years without having anybody hurt.

My greatest priviledge was to work at the Consol # 9 mine and recover it's last bodies in Nov of 1978.

I am writing a book on those experiences now...hoping to have it completed by the first of next year.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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My younger son works in one and loves it, but I have no desire to go in one myself. I think I'd feel claustrophobic.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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My younger son works in one and loves it, but I have no desire to go in one myself. I think I'd feel claustrophobic.
The one I went in was much larger than I was expecting.

I just found out that the mine I went in is on the other side of the hill from the UBB Mine.
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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I've been in a silver/nickle mine in Canada, but not a coal mine. An underground mine is too creepy.

My daddy worked in a coal mine in WVA for a month, he didn't care for it.
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