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The ore then is loaded into ore cars at the bottom of the chute. A century ago, miners drilled rounds and shoveled ore by hand. World Museum of Mining, Butte MT Page 10 Then Frank said, "Did you hear Jim say that when electric primers [electrically ignited blasting caps] were first being tested here a few of the miners were killed by them? Yeah. . no one could figure out why the primers were going off by themselves without being charged. Then someone happened to notice, up on the surface, that along the electric trolley line a few of the copper connectors that were supposed to be in between the rails were missing.

Started in 1955, the Berkeley Pit was the largest truck-operated open pit copper mine in the nation. It obliterated the working-class communities of McQueen and Meaderville, as well as deep shaft mines. After mining ceased here in 1982, ground water began filling the pit at the rate of 20 or more feet a year. By 1994, the lake was 800 feet deep and still rising; it is the deepest body of water in Montana. G. DeBruyne Jim shut the large shaft gate and, reaching through an opening in it, grabbed the signal cord again and belled the skip away.

First Meeting with Mr. Air Blast 13 Lucky Friday Mine, Mullan, Idaho 3. Hung Up in Ten Shaft 19 Sunshine Mine, Kellogg, Idaho 4. Motorman Gets Even 33 Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho 5. Chased Off by Another Strike 49 Sunshine Mine . . Again 6. My First Stope 61 Crescent Mine, Kellogg, Idaho 7. High Tapper 87 Lower Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho 8. Pig Trucks and Pink Rock 101 Homestake Mine, Lead, South Dakota 9. "Ya' Can't Hire Out Anywhere, Now" 111 Galena Mine, Osburn, Idaho 10. Nervous Tramp 125 "Workin' Lotsa Silver Valley Mines" 11.

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