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Finding Aid - Lignite Coal


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ARCHIVES HOLDINGS:

10268 Zenith Coal Company
This collection contains daily reports, receipts, and records from the Zenith Coal Company. 

10300 Williston Lignite Coal Mine
This collection contains the record book from the mine.

20348 Hansen Eversmith
In this folder, there is information about the Zenith Lignite Mines.  These mines are located near Dickinson. 

20579 Missouri Slope Coal Company
This coal company was located in Western North Dakota.  This specific ledger book kept track of the business life the amount of coal brought in by mining cars between the years 1889 and 1893.

20841 Glenharold Coal Mine
In western North Dakota, coal mines began to emerge around the turn of the 20th Century.  In these oral histories, three people impacted by the coal mines tell how the mines changed their lives.  Freda Stephens was the daughter of John Teuber.  Teuber began mines in the area around Stanton.  Freda recalled helping her father and mother while growing up.  George Moorman began to work on the mines around Stanton as a 15 year old.  Randall Fretty also worked on the mines but began at age 12.  The oral histories provide insight about what types of mines were around the area and how mining life was.

SUGGESTED READINGS:

Wold, Frances. "The Washburn Lignite Coal Company: A History of Mining at Wilton, North Dakota." North Dakota History, Fall 1976: 4-20.
North Dakotans discovered coal in the late 1800s.This article describes the changes that happened after the discovery of coal.  Wold writes about how the railroads helped to turn the discovery of coal into a major economic help for North Dakota.  It also tells of the winter and summer seasons in Wilton, North Dakota. 

 

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