This work reflects part of the history of Wyoming coal mining. Much more needs to be written. To those that have produced written histories, historical overviews, and manuscripts we cited here, we extend thanks. To the archaeologists and historians who are studying Wyoming's past and attempting to preserve its lasting legacy, we applaud your efforts. The flight of time is not complete, but the history that has passed shows coal miners will be a part of the future. To those that are attempting to preserve the mining history of Wyoming and the West, we are grateful. And to men such as Steven Creasman and Gary Beach, who have the courage to dream and the willingness to persevere in attempting to save America's past, thank you. With the help of such unselfish individuals this work has been strengthened, but the responsibilities of accuracy fall to the authors alone.
Table of Contents
"Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1 Wyoming Coal Mining: The Early Years (Early Discoveries, 3 Parallel Ribbons of Steel, 9 Early Settlement, 13) -- 2 The Troubled Years, 1875 1890 (Nineteenth-century Mining Methods, 33 Expansion, Profits, and Complications, 40) – 3 Statewide Expansion,1880-1900 (Wagon Mines, 62 Expansion of the Railroads, 64 Unprecedented Growth in the Coal Industry, 66 Slowed Development and Other Problems, 71 Coming Out of the Downturn, 77) -- 4 The Coal Age, 1900-1920 ( Early Twentieth-century Coal Towns, 100 Labor Relations, 110 Land Frauds, 119 Political Activism, 124 Mechanization and Labor Shortages, 126) -- 5 The Economic Pendulum, 1917-1945 (Stretching the Dollar, 133 Feelings of Community, 141 Increased Mechanization, 145 The Explosions of 1923 and 1924, 154 Work Stoppages, 156 Strip Mining Makes an Entrance, 159 A Declining Industry, 161 World War II, 168 ) -- 6 Booms and Busts, 1945 to the Present (A Major Recession in the Coal Industry, 183 New Issues Raised, 190 The Energy Frontier, 196 Severance Taxes, 199 Labor Relations, 209 In Summary, 213) -- Select Bibliography -- Index