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GUEST,John Garst Origin Of John Henry--part TWO (240* d) RE: Origin Of John Henry--part TWO 18 Jan 05

For a photograph of double-jack steel driving at a contest, 1907, see

Other pictures of double-jack steel driving:

For a photograph of triple-jack steel driving, ca 1928, see

Notice the precarious situation of the shaker.

For a photograph of mechanical drilling, ca 1902, see

Other photographs of mechanical drilling:
(Note "steels" resting against tunnel wall.)


begins a series of six large, high-quality mining photographs from ca 1893. Some of these show hand or mechanical drilling or both.

Another series of six begins at

This set includes a wonderful photograph of a triple-jack team drilling straight up!

Another great series of four begins at

In one of these you see the muckers at work along with two triple-jack drilling teams. Another shows muckers and a man breaking rocks with a sledge hammer. In American railroad tunnel building, steel drivers got paid much more than muckers.

The "collectbritain" site may have more drilling photographs. I find it very difficult to navigate. However, I think that if you go to

and put "mine" in the box at the upper right, then search, you will get links to most of them.

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