coal mines

Talk of Iowa
2:03 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Iowa's Coal Mining Communities

Seymour Iowa, Big Jim Coal Mine, May 23, 1957
Seymour Herald

The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20th century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we listen back to a conversation with historian Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder and Kristin Redenius, a coal miner’s daughter. They explain what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how the mines shaped communities. 

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Environment
7:24 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Economic Opportunites and Environmental Concerns Set Up Debate Over 'Frac' Sand Mining

A pile of recently-mined sand sits on the ground at Pattison Sand Company in Clayton County, Iowa.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio

You’ve probably heard about controversies over the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing – the technique known as “fracking.” There’s no oil or gas fracking in Iowa…but the increasing use of the technique is affecting the state. It’s creating a market for finely-grained silica sand from northeast Iowa.

And some residents of the area are in conflict over the future of frac sand mining.

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Talk of Iowa
2:59 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Coal Mining In Iowa

Madrid Historical Museum

The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20th century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we speak with a historian and a coal miner’s daughter about what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how these mines shaped communities.

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