Harris #1 Mine Photo Gallery

American Industrial Mining Co.
Preserving Our Mining and Industrial Heritage
Non-profit preservation, restorations and education
  1.  Harris #1 Mine
    Harris #1 Mine
    Drift entries and prep plant
  2. Harris #1 Mine
    Harris #1 Mine
    Wash house between shifts
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    Harris #1 Mine
    Fireboss board
  4. Harris #1 Mine
    Harris #1 Mine
    Check Tag Board
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    Harris #1 Mine
    Norfolk Southern rail load out near Kopperston, Wv
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    Harris #1 Mine
    Drift entry for mining equipment and coal miners
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    Harris #1 Mine
    Mine Map 2007
  8.  Harris #1 Mine
    Harris #1 Mine
    Coal miners gather for the beginning of their shift at the drift entry.
  9.  Harris #1 Mine
    Harris #1 Mine
    Checking the sand level on the GE supply locomotive before going underground.
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    Harris #1 Mine
    Fireboss jeeps have returned on the left to give the ok for a safe mine prior to shift start.
  11.  Harris #1 Mine
    Harris #1 Mine
    Supply trains in a holding pattern to take the necessary materials for the days planned tasks.
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    Harris #1 Mine
    Ray Mercado explaining how the mine cars loaded with coal used to exit these portals to the rotary dump.
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    Harris #1 Mine
    The no longer used railway to the rotary dump.
  14.  Harris #1 Mine
    Harris #1 Mine
    The rotary dump processed millions of tons a coal per year when it was in service. It was replaced by belt lines in the later years.
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    Harris #1 Mine
    The exit side of the rotary dump.
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    Harris #1 Mine
    The exit side of the rotary dump fed the coal to current prep plant.
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    Harris #1 Mine
    The coal miners of the Harris #1 Mine begin their shift. The last daylight they will see for the next 8 to 16 hours.
  18.  Harris #1 Mine
    Harris #1 Mine
    Shift begins
  19.  Harris #1 2010
    Harris #1 2010
    A completely different scene in 2010 following a major roof fall on the main belt line. Caused the mine to close for good and become silent.
  20.  Harris #1 2010
    Harris #1 2010
    The mine disassembled and the assets relocated to other mines. Unfortunately many miners lost their jobs during this closure.
  21.  Harris #1 2010
    Harris #1 2010
    A rescue capsule at the main shaft portal still remained in 2010.
  22.  Harris #1 2010
    Harris #1 2010
    A original Peabody Coal sign still was standing despite the closure of the mine.
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    Harris #1 2010
    The main shaft portal.
  24.  Harris #1 2010
    Harris #1 2010
    A few stray dogs still wondered the mine site looking for their fellow friends.
  25.  Harris #1 2010
    Harris #1 2010
    Mike Oestriech holding the plug of a high voltage 3-phase extension chord. MINING WAS COMING BACK !!!
  26.  Harris #1 2010
    Harris #1 2010
    From left to right the American Industrial Mining team Pete Jedlicka, Mike Oestriech and John Krenzel stand by a brand new fan being installed on a different coal seam at the Harris 1 Mine site.
  27.  Harris #1 2010
    Harris #1 2010
    Mike and John standing off to the side near the new ventilation shaft inside the fan. All pictures and on-site visits were granted with permission by Patriot Coal officials.