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N 41° 17.638 W 110° 58.655
12T E 501877 N 4571391
Nineteenth Century railroads were dependent upon coal for fuel. The vast coal reserves fo southern Wyoming helped determine.....
Waymark Code: WM18ZP
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 02/27/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member robbdogg120
Views: 132

Nineteenth Century railroads were dependent upon coal for fuel. The vast coal reserves fo southern Wyoming helped determine the route of the transcontinental Union Pacific Railroad and were the basis for Wyoming's first energy boom. Communities sprang up along the line and several with coal deposits or rail facilities survived. Coal mines were opened in the surrounding Bear River Valley in 1868. Dreams of prosperity lured miners from England, Scandinavia, China, and from throughout the United States to settle in "Wyoming Camp", which later became Almy. Named for James T. Almy, a clerk for the Rocky Mountain Coal Company and located three miles northwest of Evanston, Almy was strung out along the Bear River for 5 miles. This particular "string-town" owed its existence soley to coal mining. Her 4,000 residents suffered more than their share of mining tragedies. On March 4, 1881, the first mine explosion west of the Mississippi to claim lives, killed 38 men in just one of many serious disasters to strike Almy. In January of 1886, 13 more died and on March 20, 1895, the third worst mine explosion in Wyoming history, claimed the lives of 61 men. The state Coal Mine Inspector determined the Almy mines "among the most dangerous in the state". Finally, in 1900 the mines were closed by the Union Pacific due to labor troubles and explosions. Almy lost its principal industry, the population dwindled and the town suffered the fate of many railroad coal towns throughout Wyoming.
Marker Name: ALMY

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

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