What problems did miners face in 1800?

The new mines that emerged in the 19th century relied on men and boys working long hours in often dangerous conditions. As the mines grew larger and deeper, new problems arose. The most frequent dangers were from flooding, dangerous gases and falling roofs. From Coeur d'Alene in Idaho to Tombstone in Arizona, boom towns flourished throughout the American West.

They produced not only gold and silver, but also zinc, copper and lead, all essential to the Industrial Revolution in the East. Soon, the West was filled with unhappy people hoping to strike it rich. Fire (a build-up of gases) was even more dangerous. The lighting problem was also serious.

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