Re: Illinois coalfields and hopper

Cyril Durrenberger

Some locals in centralĀ  Minnesota call overburden piles similar piles slag piles.

Cyril Durrenberger

--- On Sun, 4/19/09, Anthony Thompson <> wrote:
From: Anthony Thompson <>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Illinois coalfields and hopper
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009, 12:22 PM

Brad Hanner wrote:

As for the term "slag" used to descibe the piles located near the
mines I described, I can only say that that is the term I always
heard people use to refer to them. Having grown up around them I
was told that this "slag" was the waste or unprofitable dirt and
mineral excavated to get to the coal.

This may be the local term, Brad, but I agree with CJ: it's a

misnomer. Not only will any dictionary agree, so will anyone

knowledgeable about mining or metallurgy.

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