George Turner Interview


George Turner Interview


George Turner

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Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement


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George Turner (b. May 13, 1927, in Freeburn, Kentucky) describes his early life in Roslyn, Washington, as the son of a miner residing near the Northwestern Improvement Company (NWI) No. 5 Mine (1928-1937). Turner mentions his father’s interest in flying (circa 1919) and his part in bringing planes to the local area, including a local glider club. Turner further describes his father’s mining career, which began in 1928 at the NWI No. 9 Mine, where he laid track and sustained injuries in a mine explosion. Turner discusses his own mining career between 1943 and 1958 at the No. 3, 5, and 9 Mines. He also describes local businesses, including auto dealerships, greenhouses, taverns, and mines.

The cover image shows the entrance to the NWI Mine No. 5 in 1924. The image shows how coal cars were hoisted out and sent in at the same time, using a double drum hoist run by either steam or motor.

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circa 1970s-2000s


Oral history, Coal mining, Roslyn (Wash.), Northwestern Improvement Company


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George Turner Interview