Miner's Pick

This long-handled mining pick was used in an anthracite mine in Pennsylvania during the early 20th century. Mining is rough physical labor. Before 1900 coal miners would lie on their back and use a pick to undercut the coal seam. They would then blast the coal, shovel it into a cart, and take it to the head of the mine to be paid by the coal’s tonnage.
Object Name
pick, miner's
overall: 28 in x 13 1/2 in; 71.12 cm x 34.29 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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