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May 18, 2006

Truck mines north of Rathbun


There was also a strip mine called the South Iowa Strip (S. part of Section 26) just to the east on the north end of what is now Isthmus Place (the boat dock road). I think some of the outcropping can still be seen on a nearby island where the Canada Geese like to nest. Coal from these small mines was trucked away. Harold Heckman once told me he had trucked some coal from there to the Interurban Railroad stop at Dennis, presumably with a destination of the Iowa Southern Utilities coal fired electric plant in Centerville.

Finally there was one more mine way up in Chariton Twp. called Riverside Mine. This was located on the north edge of Section 29, west of West Island view. It was just northwest of the present Shaeffer Cemetery which now commands an impressive view of the backwaters of a finger of the lake, about where the mine was located. Charles Fox was the owner and operator of this mine. He had purchased the mine after having worked in Sunshine No. 1 for some years.

The mine was a slope mine dug into the side of the hill. There was a seepage of water that required constant pumping. Charles Fox was a talented individual, able to fix almost any kind of equipment, a talent very important to the operator of a small mine.

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