Cardin, Ok. 1926. Panoramic sepia-toned photograph, 7.5 x 30 inches. Minor staining on both sides, a handful of soft creases. Very good. Item #2872
A striking panoramic photograph featuring the bedraggled miners working at the Anna Beaver Mine near Cardin and Picher, and the Tar River, in Ottawa County, Oklahoma in the middle of the Roaring Twenties. The image captures a couple hundred miners and their dog, posed in five lines near two buildings at the Anna Beaver Mine. Some of the miners still wear their lighted helmets, and very few look at all happy to be there (including the dog). The Anna Beaver mine is long abandoned, and the two cities it was closest to are now ghost towns. The mining company was most likely named after a woman related to the company's owner, as was a custom in Oklahoma, with other mines such as the Henrietta, the Rebecca, the Mary Ann, the Little Mary, and so forth. According to the 1920 edition of Mines Register, the Anna Beaver mine was described as "a steady producer, yielding over fifty tons of blende per week early in 1920." Any views of Oklahoma mining operations are rare. This photograph appears to be unrecorded in OCLC.