COAL THROUGH THE AGES
Date
Event
300s
Ancient Chinese start mining coal
700s
Native Americans start to use coal to bake their pottery
1000s
Coal was China’s leading producer of energy
1600s
Coal is found by the Europeans in the 1600s in West Virginia
1701
Coal was found in Virginia
1800s
Coal was used to manufacture goods, power steamships and power railroad trains
Post Civil War
Coal was used to make iron, and steel
Late 1800s
Coal was used to create electricity
1900s
Miners used picks, shovels, and wooden pit props to mine coal
Today
Coal provides one-fifth (20.9%) of America’s EnergyBy Joseph

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In the 1800s coal was used to power railroad trains. Fromhttp://fossil.energy.gov/education/energylessons/coal/coal_history.html

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Miners use pix axes and shovels to mine coal. From http://www.southernstudies.org/2011/06/study-finds-unionization-saves-coal-miners-lives.html
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