Miner's Pick

Description
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
Measurements
overall: 28 in x 13 1/2 in; 71.12 cm x 34.29 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-8928
accession number
260122
catalog number
MHI-MN-8928
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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