Photos, Prints, Drawings "Big John," the dragline, loading rocks and dirt into two rock trucks at the Samples mountaintop removal site

Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Dates 1995
Location Cabin Creek
Kanawha County
West Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ansted, D. T.
Draglines
Ethnography
Fall
Mining
Mountaintop Removal
October
Photographs
Samples Mine
Title
"Big John," the dragline, loading rocks and dirt into two rock trucks at the Samples mountaintop removal site
Contributor Names
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
October 25, 1995
Subject Headings
-  Mining
-  Fall
-  Mountaintop removal
-  October
-  Samples Mine
-  Ansted, D. T
-  Draglines
-  Ethnography
-  Photographs
-  West Virginia -- Kanawha County -- Cabin Creek
Genre
Ethnography
Photographs
Notes
-  Event: Aerial tour of mountaintop removal and reclamation.
-  Though permit applications for mountaintop removal projects routinely attest to the absence of prime farmland in such sites, articles in 19th century industrial publications like The Virginian extol the value of the land for its capacity to support a population of workers. D.T. Ansted praises the Cabin Creek Plateau for its moderate winters, delightful climate, excellent water, and deep soil, “well-adapted to the growth of wheat, Indian corn, potatoes and other crop.” “There are on the plateaus,” he wrote in June of 1885, “intersected by the valleys, many thousand acres of good land, admirable adapted for cultivation. These lands are nowhere far from settled habitations, and would supply everything required for a colony of emigrants. The climate is delightful for the greater part of the year, and the winters moderate and short. There is excellent water and deep soil, well-adapted to the growth of wheat, Indian corn, potatoes and other crops. The pastures where the trees have been removed are excellent, and the cattle are left to graze far into the winter. By offering allotments of moderate extent on easy terms, reserving the minerals, population could be secured and the whole district improved. The reserved allotments would soon increase in value. The cost of placing emigrants on these lands, from Liverpool, would not exceed $45 per head.” (Ansted 1885)
Medium
Black & White Print
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-B021-01
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afccmns.leb02101

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