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 Posted: Tue Jan 5th, 2010 05:02 am
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MinerFortyNiner



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Wow...I have lived in Arizona nearly all of my life and never made it out to the Coronado trail...seems like it's time for a road trip!  Thanks for the photos, Woodie!

That front-end loader, by the way, was called a 'mucker' by the miners.  It was used to load the loose ore in the stopes after blasting.  Before the invention of these, they would put a sheet of iron in front of the rock face before setting off the charges, and use that as a surface to shovel the ore into cars.  Backbreaking work!



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