There have been a number of times in my past Posts when I show the Coal Region area and what History is here. When Coal Was King it left over lot’s of places that are barren and long forgotten. This is just one of many.
A few miles outside the Coal Town of St. Clair is an area that has nothing there but empty waste lands where Coal used to be Mined long ago. These places are called a “Strip Mine” where Coal was dug out of the ground and then left as it was. Just a hole in the ground that has nothing to show but trees, coal clum, junk, and an area where people can do shooting without any regard to the Land around them. There is nothing here. No birds or wildlife at all! Lot’s of practice shooting has taken place here. Shotgun shells are strun all over the ground. No one picks anything up to throw it away. It’s just left there.
Here is another look at the bottom of the Strip Mine. That’s my Brother walking thru all the junk left laying around. You can see in the distance, where the tree line is, the end of the old Mine hole.
This is just a small portion of the junk you can find laying around. Computer keyboards, TV Monitors, furniture, old car tires, refrigerators, and just about everything else can be found. People from the surrounding area come here to dispose of un-wanted items, dumped off, and left here to waste away. Old cars are even here. I would not be surprised if you would come across a dead body around here! In past History there have been reports of people gone missing, never to be found. You, if you know the right people, could have someone dissapear!! This person would probably never be found for a long, long time.
This is the wooded area above the Strip Mine. A path leads to a un-known area that I don’t know what’s there. Never see any deer or wildlife at all. I think they know to stay away cause there is nothing to eat for them.
It’s truly a shame that there are so many area’s like this up here. Coal was taken from the ground years ago and then the hole was just left here. Strip Mining is NOT a good thing! All it does, besides harvest Coal from the ground, is leave a scar on the land. However, over the passing years, Strip Mines, have been filled in with new ground and trees planted to give new life to the area. Let’s hope that will continue.