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Below is a very tiny preview of Cherry Coal Mine -related pictures etc. To see a multitude of photos and to learn about the Cherry Coal Mine Disaster click on the link here after viewing the photos below.

Looking for a ton of info on the Cherry Mine? Click link.

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Smoke billowing out of the mine
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November 13th, around 1pm, 1909

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After 8 days they discover 21 living men!!

Men standing at the main shaft
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The men descending here to work and brought up coal here

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Geo Pigati's hat etc.
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Color of had is typical of the Milwaukee Road Orange

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To buy the Cherry Coal MIne Disaster Documentary DVD click here.

DVD is available for purchase
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11 photo sets were released each yr up to 2009
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Prices are different when being shipped so contact me at gjourney1@yahoo.com

Cherry Coal MIne Model
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Built by Ray Tutaj Jr in 1998-99

Ray with Cherry Coal Mine layout in June 1999
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Photographed by Ray from sunrise to sunset

In late June on a beautiful summer day in 1999, I photographed the Cherry Mine layout outdoors, two miles south of Mendota on the former road bed of the Illinois Central Railroad. It was actually on the exact site of a former small town called Culton IL. 
My goal was to photograph the layout from the first light of day to after dusk. So I was out there about 17hrs in the sun. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was finished with the layout and was only a few weeks from moving it from my place of residence to the Cherry Public Library where it is on permanent display. I was very pleased with the results which are available in the photo sets and on the DVD.
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