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Elk Run Shaft
A cache by faststepper Message this owner Hidden : 08/05/2015
Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Terrain: 2.5 out of 5
Size: Size: regular (regular)
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N 40° 19.342 W 078° 56.124
UTM: 17T E 675408 N 4465583
In Pennsylvania, United States
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Geocache Description:
Elk Run Shaft is a memorial built on the air shaft of The Rolling Mill Mine. On July 10, 1902 a gas and dust explosion rocked the mine causing th death of many miners. Early reports state that only 4 miners were brought alive and that very few miners were killed by the blast, the rest were killed by "afterdamp", a poisonous mixture of gasses formed by the blast.
The mine did reopen producing approx. 22 1/2 million tons of coal until it was closed in 1931. The mine was owned by The Cambria Iron Works at the time of the blast. The president was Powell Stackhouse.
The final coordinates are N40 link W078 link
Where A=The third digit in the number of miners killed.
B=The number of coal cars filled per minute. +2
C=The third digit of the depth of the Lower Kittanning seam below the upper seam.
D=The first digit in the depth of the shaft.
E=The second digit of the year that the PA DEP filled in the mine.
F= The length of the tunnel to Rosedale.

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