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Bucket wheel excavator
Bucket wheel excavator
TitleBucket wheel excavator
PhotographerHorrell, C. William
GeographicalSouthern Illinois
DescriptionA bucket wheel excavator/ cross pit spreader at work moving overburden. Coal hauling vehicles are in front of excavator and in background. A small coal loading shovel is to the left of the excavator. A large stripping shovel is in the far background. Freeman United Coal Mining Company, Fidelity mine, near DuQuoin, Perry County. "A "wheel" type of machine which digs the soil and rock, which is called the overburden and deposits it onto a conveyor belt which then takes it to the opposite side of the cut (left). The small coal loading shovel scoops up the coal and loads it onto transport trucks. The wheel has the advantage of being able to deposit the rock on the spoil bank and then covering it up with top soil, so it is both a stripping and a reclamation machine." and "W-4" written on verso.
Dimensions (in.)8 x 10 inches;
Dimensions (cm.)21 x 26 cm.;
MediumPhotograph: Black and white
Photo typeGelatin silver print
Subject (LCSH)Coal mines and mining -- Illinois -- Perry County -- Photographs
Coal mining machinery -- Illinois -- Perry County -- Photographs
Subject (TGM)Coal mining
Conveying systems
Strip mining
Collection/Box #C. William Horrell Photograph Collection 64/ Box 26/ Folder 1
ProvenanceDonated by the Horrell family to SCRC after the photographer's death, 1989.
Rights StatementCopyright holder is unknown. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Phone: + 1 (618) 453-2516. Email:
mine i.d./tract #TR 137, 138, 142
CollectionDoc Horrell Photo Collection (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
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