Miner Exiting Mine


During boom times miners worked in shifts around the clock. Some of the shifts were given names. Midnight to morning work was called the "night-owl" shift. This photo is from the late 1940s.

Among the bituminous coal producing states, Pennsylvania far surpassed the others. The following chart lists production, in million tons, of the leading bituminous coal producing states. 







 

 

1889 1909 1919 1929
Pennsylvania 81,719 255,481 325,089 144,111
West Virginia 6,232 137,305 150,030 139,031
Kentucky 2,400 10,651 29,426 60,894
Illinois 12,404 50,898 60,331 60,705
Ohio 9,977 27,863 24,091 35,141



Photo: courtesy of Archives Department, Rochester and Pittsburgh
Coal Company Records, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Kentucky Coal Councils Coal Education Web Site. 2001. <http://www.coaleducation.org/default.htm> (26 November 2001).