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Home > Wyoming > South%2525252525252525252525252525252BSuperior%2525252525252525252525252525252Bvicinity > Superior Coal Mines, Sections 28, 29, T21N, R102W, Horse Thief Canyon, South Superior, Sweetwater County, WY



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Horse Thief Canyon, South%2525252525252525252525252525252BSuperior%2525252525252525252525252525252Bvicinity, WY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WY-51
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N471).
Significance: The Superior mines represent a unique adaptation to geological, economic and political conditions. Due to the distance between the mines and the hilly terrain, small camps developed adjacent to specific mines. These communities coalesced into either the Union Pacific Coal Company town of Superior, or the independent town of South Superior, depending upon whether the community was located on lands granted the Union Pacific Railroad or on lands reserved to the public. The two towns maintained an uneasy but necessary relationship through the twentieth century until the mines closed in the 1960s. The town of Superior was dismantled or demolished, but South Superior continues to be occupied.

Subjects
Coal Mines


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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