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Wrought iron miner's candlestick with adjustable candle holder and spike for driving into the wall of a mine. This coal miner's candlestick was used to provide a little light inside a mine. Mining was hard, dangerous work. Over 500 miners were killed every year, and thousands injured in the late 19th century. Coal was a very important natural resource in the industrialization of the United States. It powered mills and factories, and the average middle class family burned over two tons every year just to heat their home. American Communities in History; Communities and Geography; World Environments 16 History; 15 Economics
|Early American Museum|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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