Inside Coalwood Mine
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DG0090: A huge cutting machine undercutting a seam of coal. Basically, the cutter is cutting a groove in the wall of coal next to the floor. Once the groove is finished, deep holes will be drilled in several locations higher up the wall. The holes will be filled with explosives. When the explosives are set off, the coal will collapse downward because of the groove cut into the bottom of the coal seam. Once the coal is loose, it can be loaded into mine cars and moved up the cage to the surface. Photo compliments of the David Goad Collection.
Homer Hickam, Sr. at work in the mine. Photo compliments of the Homer Hickam, Jr. collection.