Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sundays Overseas: Remnants of a Coal Mining History

The Kafe is not from the past, but their modern food facility..........I am referring to the locomotive for transporting the coal from the mines to the harbor........

The main reason for anyone to be in Svalbard during the early part of the last century (or before that), was for Coal Mining.  The Town of Longyearbyen was named for American mining investor John Longyear, who was finally able to make mining there profitable.

1 comment:

  1. No matter what was mined there are always the remnants scarring the land. Some of them are historically interesting. Some even a bit artistic. Then others, just plain scars of an era gone by.

    That place sure looks barren. Far from the forested mining areas were I grew and the ones I still know.