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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 1, 2008

By Bill Kombol

A picking table was typically a moving conveyor or the deck at the end of a vibrating screen where miners separated the good, clean coal from the shale and rock.

A picking table was typically a moving conveyor or the deck at the end of a vibrating screen where miners separated the good, clean coal from the shale and rock.

The fine coal would fall through the screens while the larger size “nut” and “lump” coal was sorted by hand.

A picking table was located in the surface building called the tipple or mine bunkers.

The town of Franklin was located on the hillside above the Green River Gorge about two miles east of Black Diamond.

The Cannon mine was named for Henry W. Cannon, President and Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey-based Pacific Coast Company, which operated mines through its subsidiary Pacific Coast Coal Company of New York.

This photo is from the Museum of History and Industry and known as MOHAI # SH19,186 (1978.6585.436).

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