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Photograph of a group of miners (forming a mine shift) pose in front of mine headframe (shaft), and are ready to go down into the mine, Goldfield, Nevada, ca.1905. The shaft (or contraption?) is constructed of horizontal beams held up by vertical, horizontal, and diagonal beams. Ropes (or wires?) attached to several beams help provide support. More ropes and wires are routed around the contraption. A lantern hangs about midway up. Several dozen men stand, sit or lie down in front of the contraption while posing. Utility lines appear to be wired into the contraption. Other buildings are visible in the background. "In 1902 gold was discovered in the hills near Tonopah, Nevada. Soon a few tents dotted the barren hills among the Joshua trees, and the boomtown of Goldfield was born. In 1903 only 36 people lived in the new town. By 1908 Goldfield was Nevada's largest city, with over 25,000 inhabitants. Along with the influx of miners and businessmen, came the labor unions. The Western Federation of Miners, the Industrial Workers of the World and the American Federation of Labor all vied for power in the region. During the early years, the unions were able to control wages and working hours. But in November, 1906, the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company was incorporated by owners George Wingfield and United States Senator George Nixon, signaling the beginning of monopoly control in Goldfield, and the start of an adversarial relationship between mine owners and the unions." -- unknown author.
2 photographs : glass photonegative, photoprint, b&w 21 x 26 cm. glass plate negatives photographic prints photographs