Prior to moving to Indy I was a underground coal miner for 3 years

I worked 10-12 hours a day 6-7 days a week on a swing shift.


During this time I trained 6-7 days a week, ate Chinese carry out, smoked marb reds & sniffed pills/Coke

Stories below
Prior to going underground- don’t forget your light

After all.... it’s pitch black underground
The elevator to cage down was a +700 foot drop

Smelled like cigs, coffee & bad breath
Welcome to the bottom of the elevator

Powhatan #6 mine - (now closed)

Was a great place to earn a living

Union work, gritty- real men who was doing the best they could with what they had
Make your way to the “tack” & Jump on the ground transportation

Ran off a trolly wire- a solid 30-45 min ride underground to get into the section I’d be working that day

If it’s your turn to drive- drive.

If it’s not, pile in & get comfy. Time for a nap!
Arriving into the section the first equipment you’ll find is the “scoop car”

A utility piece of equipment used for supplying the section. Grunt work. This is the first machine you’d learn when going underground
The shuttle car- a massive piece of equipment used to carry coal from the miner to the belt

Ran by a large power cord

Stay out of the way- the driver can hardly see & the equipment takes up most of the entry

Easy job, boring at times, fun to learn
The Miner

A massive piece of equipment That cuts coal

The hardest to learn in the mine

Ran off of controls standing back to keep the operator safe

This was the coolest job I ever had
Heading into an “old section” of the mine

The top is caving in- we set post to help keep it up as we will need the entry for supplying fresh air into the mine & pulling air out of the mine
Crawling at this point

An old section nearly completely caved in but still needed for air travel

These sections, while extremely dangerous.... where only traveled by those who check for methane (gas) & those doing repairs

A great place to curl up for a nap- if the earth
Didn’t cave in on ya

Coal mining was one of my most favorite jobs

I loved it.

Men down there where gritty. They didn’t get offended

Simpler times in my life

Sleep, eat, work, train

I had next to no life outside of working & training

Thankful for those hard lessons

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