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About This Site

Rock Springs Mine No. 1, undated.

Mine No. 1 was the oldest and largest of the Union Pacific Coal Company mines in Rocks Springs. It opened in 1868 and employed about 500 miners. It was capable of producing 1,800 tons a day.

Rock Springs Mine No. 2, undated.

Mine No. 2 originally was owned by the Sweetwater Coal Mining Company which was acquired by the Central Coal & Coke Company of Kansas City, Mo. The mine employed about 100 men. Central Coal & Coke started as a retail dealer of coal and rapidly expanded. It had mining interests ranging from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming. The onset of the Great Depression reduced demand for coal. In January, 1931 the Company was forced into receivership.

Rock Springs Mine No. 3 opened in 1873 and was abandoned due to a fire in 1895.

Rock Springs Mine No. 2, 1911.

Rock Springs No. 4, 1911.

No. 4 was a coal camp. The area around Rock Springs had numerous coal camps associated with the various mines. Other camps included No. 6, Interstate Camp, Van Dyke, and Gunn Camp.

For discussion of coal camps see Coal Camps.

Rock Springs Coal Mine, approx. 1907

Mines 7 and 9, Rock Springs, undated

The No. 7 mine opened in 1888. The No. 9 mine opened in 1890.

Rock Springs Mine No. 8, 1905.

Rock Springs Mine No. 9, undated. Postcard published by O.D. Rasmussen.

Rock Springs Mine No. 10, 1911.

Coal Chutes, Rock Springs, 1908.

Monument to those who died in the Sweetwater County Mines. Photo courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, corporate successor of the Union Pacific Coal Company.

For discussion of coal mining and the Rock Springs Massacre see Coal Camps.

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