Great Anthracite Coal Mine(Opened on May 3)
-- 25¢ adult admission, also saw 10¢ ticket (child?)
Near Palace of Mines & Metallurgy, in the 'Mining Gulch'
the exhibition was a nod the the great Anthracite Coal Mine Strike of 1902. In a ride in mine cars through underground passages, passengers saw the lives of 145,00 men and whose strike led by John Mitchell, resulted in an intervene by President Rooselvelt and an 10 % increase in wages.
The tunnel was 1260 feet long.
The exhibit included: 4 relief maps that occupied 100 sq. feet, a model of a mine, a working model of a breaker (which could separate the coal from shale), a wash recovery station,
and contained 8 different mining scenes along the ride. The first showed miner's going to work (three separate shifts), the next- slate-pickers, sorting the coal/slate (tasked by boys), the third, showing miner's eating and reacreation time, the next showed, the horrors of a min being flooded. Another scene showed the dangers of explosives and tending to the wounded. Donkey's livimg underground was shown, their task to pull mine carts. The last scene depicted the miner's going home.
In 1902, coal production boomed, and added up to 350,000,000 short tons of mined coal.
Simulated a real Coal Mine with electrical exhibits and those of his own inventions were set up properly as well as well-handled and presented by his staff.
Some early (pre-Fair) maps show this concession (was to be) located on The Pike