At the Webb City Area Genealogical Society we have many unidentified photographs of mines and miners. Here are a few of our favorites.
This photograph was donated by Barbara Buck. She and her husband, Johnny, ran an auction company and ran across many local photographs throughout the years. The man on the right in the white shirt is wearing a World War I military hat.
The contributor of this photograph is unknown but it shows all of the elements of the mine including the boss, workers and the faithful dalmatian dog.
This photograph is from Harry Hood who was a Webb City historian. It was dated 1910, Harry noted the mule in the background was used to pull cars of dirt.
Miners are posed in front of the mine office. Note the early sunshine carbide lamps on their hats and the Dupont box in front of the miners. The photo was labeled Hard Rock Miners but could have also been called Hard Life of the Miner. These men worked in terrible and dangerous conditions. Many did not live long while employed at the mines. Accidents occurred daily. In fact, we have read accounts of men killed on their first day on the job. If one survived the dangers of working underground they still had the risk of contracting tuberculosis