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Archive for December 17th, 2016

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 5, 2016

By Bill Kombol

The photographer’s artistry captures light as it reflects off steel rails used to move the coal cars in this otherwise dark mine tunnel 800 feet below the earth’s surface.

The Rogers No. 3 mine in Ravensdale closed December 17, 1975.

You’ve heard the phrase, “the light at the end of the tunnel.” This photo of the gangway level of the Rogers No. 3 underground mine was taken for use in the Sunday magazine Now in a feature story about coal mining.

The photographer was Larry Abele, but this particular photo was not used in that January 14, 1973 story by Mary Lehto which appeared in the Renton Record-Chronicle, Kent News-Journal, and Auburn Globe News newspapers.

The photographer’s artistry captures light as it reflects off steel rails used to move the coal cars in this otherwise dark mine tunnel 800 feet below the earth’s surface. The mine was located just north of the Kent-Kangley Road in Ravensdale. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 22, 2015

By Bill Kombol

The double-drum hoist, as used in area mines, provided welcome relief from the back-breaking work of hand moving coal by shovel.

The double-drum hoist, as used in area mines, provided welcome relief from the back-breaking work of hand moving coal by shovel.

This 1974 photo taken at the Rogers No. 3 underground coal mine features Bill McLoughry operating a double-drum hoist while a relieved John Streepy is shown in the background.

The Rogers No. 3 was the last underground coal mine in Washington, closing in 1975. The photo by Barry Kombol was taken in the crosscut of the mine, a tunnel parallel to and above the main gangway where coal was loaded into cars and hauled out of the mine on steel rails. (more…)

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