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The disappearing coal mine shaft in Windrock Mountain

Before

After visiting the windmills, around sunset one evening we found our way to an abandoned mine. The opening was still accessible (unobstructed), and we looked around and took a few pictures.

The location is shown in this aerial view from Terraserver.

outside right shaft of mine-before There were two mine shafts. The first is seen in the left center of this picture, and the second was farther to the left. Towards the right, past the Suburban, is seen the remnants of ventilation ducting. A steady stream of water was draining out from the ducting, into a settling pool, and down the hill.

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inside right shaft of mine-before This blurry, poorly lit picture shows the view from the opening into the shaft.

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outside left shaft of mine-before This picture shows the second shaft opening, which is nearly covered with brush and debris.

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Mining equipment next to road - front A few weeks later we took these pictures of a piece of mining equipment next to the road a short distance from the mine. By this time, workers were using a bulldozer to cover the mine opening and prepare the area for seeding. Subsequently, this equipment was removed.

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Mining equipment next to road - rear

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