Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

Re: Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

PostBy: Merc300d On: Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:04 pm

I don't have any info of maps or anything but I did remember reading about coal mining in Rhode Island. I know it's not much help but it just reinforces what you already know.
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Re: Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:40 pm

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Re: Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:54 pm

At one point there was some anthracite mining around the Quincy area in Mass as well.
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Re: Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

PostBy: stovehospital On: Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:08 pm

I grew up in Attleboro and there was an old abandoned rail line in the woods behind our house. It was called the Gee Whiz line and carried coal from Plainville to the furnaces in Attleboro. There still occasions when someone in Plainville will have a small sink hole develop in their yard. Probably due to old pilings giving way in the old mines. There are tunnels under Bristol harbor in RI as well.
The coal in Portsmouth, RI is supposed to extend all the way to Mansfield, Mass. but is too hard to mine and not good quality.
There is also an entrance to an old mine on the Portmouth side under the Mount Hope Bridge. Stay out of it.
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Re: Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

PostBy: Pacowy On: Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:36 pm

ONEDOLLAR wrote:At one point there was some anthracite mining around the Quincy area in Mass as well.


The old maps I've seen show the seam ending in the Brockton area. I've read that quarrying in Quincy has turned up traces of anthracite, but I don't have any info on the northernmost mining. Do you have any cites, etc. on that?

Thanks.

Mike
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Re: Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:03 pm

Mike

Let me dig around and see what I can find.I could be wrong about it being Quincy as here is a reference to mining in Braintree at one point. To us North Shore people the South Shore is a bit of a mystery :shock:

http://newenglandtowns.org/massachusetts/braintree

Still I remember seeing someplace a map showing small Anthracite deposits here in MA. I will see what I can find.
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Re: Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

PostBy: Pacowy On: Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:40 pm

Yes, that article is from 1839, when they were finding "indications of coal", but I think it turned out the actual seam was south of there (Mansfield/Taunton/etc. area and south into RI). I look forward to anything further you may find.

And yes, that South Shore has always been a bit of a mystery. I think the Southeast Expressway functioned as sort of a modern-day moat. As a youngster I recall daily reports of gridlock, chaos and mayhem, punctuated by an occasional attack by a runaway locomotive, being provided by Kevin O'Keefe and other traffic copter reporters. Not sure I ever got over that.

Mike
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Re: Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:43 pm

Mike
Yep there was a Anthracite mine in Mansfield MA at one time. My error on the Quincy reference!

http://newenglandtowns.org/massachusetts/mansfield
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Re: Map of coal seam in Rhode Island!?

PostBy: stovehospital On: Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:26 pm

You might want to look up The Ellis Furnace in Carver , Mass. They smelted bog iron and made all sorts of hollow ware and stoves very early on. They even loaded the goods on ships and sold it up and down the coast as far away as New Orleans. It will give you a good look into the early stove industry in the new world.
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