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Catalog Number 2006.044.0033
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Foster Mine Bunker - Viewed from their faces, the bunkers for the Foster and Newton Mines were built alike, but surrounding terrain identifies this as that of the Foster. Too, the shed behind the bunker of the Foster stood on fir poles instead of sawed timbers. The buckets of the aerial tram were filled under the bunker. - Ald. - p. 41

Foster Mine Bunker.
Bunkers for the Foster and Newton Mines (five miles apart) were built exactly alike, except that the tunnel of the Foster rested on fir poles and that of the Newton on rough-sawed lumber. The coal of the Foster Mine area was in pockets and core drilling was employed in locating it. On the crest of the hill at Beatie Gulch still stands the ruin of this bunker's twin, into which the aerial tram carried the coal from the Newton mine a half-mile behind by the force of the full buckets going down pulling the empties up. Still visible from Hiway 89 is one of the tram towers. Coal from the Newton Mine was not of as fine a coking quality as was that which came from the mines in Aldridge. William Pollard is remembered to have been the boss at the Newton during its operation by the Montana Coal and Coke Co. In the gulch below the mine, he and Mrs. Pollard had a fine home, where they had a regular showplace of flora (including a greenhouse) and fowls (including a peacock). After the close of the coking plant, Pollard served as caretaker and watchman at Electric, riding over on his horse each day from Beatie Gulch. - 60mi p.42

Photographer Bill Whithorn
Title Foster Mine Bunker
Collection Whithorn Collection