A Room for the Summer: Adventure, Misadventure, and Seduction in the Mines of the Coeur D'Alene

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2004 - 264 pàgines

In A Room for the Summer, Fritz Wolff takes the reader on a memorable journey into the rough-and-tumble world of hardrock mining, recounting his experiences both above and below ground as an apprentice engineer during the late 1950s.

In June 1956, at the age of eighteen, Wolff went to work for the Bunker Hill Company in Kellogg, Idaho, in the Coeur d’Alene region. Arriving in a tired 1939 Chevy coupe, with about twenty dollars in his pocket, Wolff spent three college summers working for Bunker Hill. He learned firsthand the pleasures of camaraderie with fellow workers and the dangers of working underground.

Today the hardrock mining industry is all but forgotten. The Bunker Hill Company is known, not because it produced 430 million ounces of silver and not because it provided a living for thousands of families for more than a century, but because it is one of the largest EPA superfund sites. Wolff does not idealize the mining industry; for many workers the conditions were nightmarish. But in spare, lyrical prose, he evokes the intrinsic goodness of a simpler time, when hard-working folks went about their business with courage, humor, and lots of gumption.

 

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Lux Rooms
3
2 37 20 3 Oakie Stope
33
Up
52
Old Bill Bradley
56
The Bunker Hill Mine
61
Sanitary Pete
67
A Tea
71
Darkness
79
Nicknames
103
Doris and Wallace
106
Jackleg
114
Always Faithful
119
The Hoistmen
133
Two Miles to Riches or Bankruptcy
149
Timber Repair
165
Terrible Edith
178

Dora Tatham
85
A Thing Called a Picaroon
89
Lunch
92
My Name Is Judy
97
Cocktails
205
A Fight
219
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Sobre l'autor (2004)

Fritz Wolff spent ten years in the mining business and twenty-three years in aerospace management. Since his retirement, he has worked as principal investigator for the Washington State Geologic Survey, collecting data on inactive and abandoned mines. He resides in Olympia, Washington.

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