Monarch's Reign: The Rise and Fall of An Underground Coal Mine and Its Community, 1903-1953

Monarch's Reign: The Rise and Fall of An Underground Coal Mine and Its Community, 1903-1953

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The West if famous for its ghost towns. Monarch is one of those towns with a coal mining history. After operating for 50 years, the Monarch mine closed in 1953. The mine was sealed and the town vacated, leaving it residents unemployed and mourning the loss of their community. Even though only a few structures are still visible, the spirit of Monarch still reigns in the hearts of those who worked, lived, and played along the banks of the Tongue River.

The energy industry in Wyoming has experienced many times of boom and bust. Underground coal mining was no exception. There is little evidence of the mines that once operated in Sheridan County, Wyoming. However, during the first half of the 20th century their coal production supported the nation's growing demand for energy. This book explores one of those mines, Monarch, from its early development through the closing of the mine and the abandonment of the town.

By Leon Washut and Karen Ballek
Copyright 2016, Sheridan County Historical Society & Museum
Sheridan County Historical Society & Museum Press