PDF.THE_SILVER_SPADE - The Silver Spade: Economic change?

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The Silver Spade: Economic change? http://wn.com/The_Silver_Spade Largest strip mining shovel in existence, Silver Spade may become park centerpieceSunday, September 17, 2006By Mike Bucsko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Tim Revell, Columbus Dispatch The 14 million-pound Silver Spade, the last giant stripping shovel to operate in the world and the largest still in existence. Click photo for larger image.NEW ATHENS, Ohio -- Over a rise on a road at the recently closed Mahoning Valley Mine, a giant metal arm pokes over a high wall like a snake peering over the edge of a hole. On the other side of the hill, around a bend, the full majesty of the hulking piece of equipment beneath the 210-foot boom is revealed in a strip mine pit. It's the 14 million-pound Silver Spade, the last giant stripping shovel to operate in the world and the largest still in existence. The character and size of the Silver Spade -- its body, roughly, would cover Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh -- has prompted an effort to preserve the historic piece of mining equipment for posterity. "There's just a lot of people who love this old iron [equipment]," said Claren Blackburn, president of the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Heritage Park. Ms. Blackburn's group was formed in the early 1990s as an effort to help future generations understand the significance of what coal mining has meant to Harrison County. The group has 30 pieces of equipment, including draglines and smaller shovels parked about one-half mile from where the Silver Spade sits. If successful in negotiations with the Silver Spade's owner, Upper St. Clair-based Consol Energy Inc., Harrison County will move the other pieces of equipment to the strip mine area where the shovel is parked and convert the site into an interpretive park, Ms. Blackburn said. The idea to feature the Silver Spade as the centerpiece of an industrial interpretive park was partly based on a park in West Mineral, Kan., where another giant coal stripper called Big
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Brutus is parked. That park attracts 40,000 people a year, a number Harrison County officials believe they can easily surpass because the urban centers of Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh are within a two-hour drive. The park would be another attraction in the rural county, which includes a museum at the reconstructed birthplace of Clark Gable in the county seat, Cadiz; an exhibit at the site of the birthplace and childhood home of George Armstrong Custer in New Rumley; and a museum
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