James Prout Coal Mine

The coal mine was opened by J.M. Thomas and Evan Jones in 1878. They sank a main shaft 100 feet. A north level extended 720 feet and a south level 60 feet. At these two levels five rooms were opened out. In April 1879, James Prout leased the mine and sank the main shaft 70 feet deeper. In 1880 the mine was producing 20 tons per day. 1879 coal output was 1000 tons. 20 men were employed with four teams hauling coal.
Quad Map/Date: Golden, 1965 (1994)
Source: "WPA History of Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado," WPA Project #3548, DAR Pioneer Musem, Jan. 3, 1880, p. 462

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