The Reliance Tipple - Reliance WY
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Where's George
N 41° 40.085 W 109° 11.809
12T E 650111 N 4614495
This informational sign tells the history of the operation of this coal tipple. It resides on the west side of the coal tipple, within the fenced-in area.
Waymark Code: WMKMEZ
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 05/02/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member JacobBarlow
Views: 2


It was in 1910 that coal mine operations began at Reliance.

These mines were operated by the coal mining company of the

Union Pacific Railroad. Here, where the tipple now stands, the

first coal loading facility was constructed in 1912. The stone

foundations for the earlier wooden tipple are still evident east

of the metal tipple. The tipple you see today was completed in

1936 and still contains machinery from when it was in operation.

Few tipples remain from the era when coal was king. Modern

mining methods and a shift to gasoline and diesel powered

locomotives made underground coal mining too expensive to

compete in the energy market while using the technology of

the early twentieth century. Tipples such as this were torn

down and the equipment sold as salvage. In Wyoming, only the

Reliance tipple remains as an example of a large industrial coal

handling facility. It is a silent marker of a by-gone day and

serves as a tribute to the miners and their families who worked

to establish homes in southwest Wyoming and to the men who

lost their lives in the coal mines of Sweetwater County.


Many groups and individuals contributed to this effort including:

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Union Pacific Railroad

Archeological Services of Western Wyoming College

Johnson-Fermelia Co., Inc.

Sweetwater County Commissioners

Sweetwater County Museum Board

Frances and Harry Weiss of Rock Springs Hide and Fur

Cyril Rahonde and Company
Marker Name: The Reliance Tipple

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Group Responsible for Placement: Wyoming Centennial Commission

Addtional Information: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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