Detail View: Colorado Coal Project: The Portal (Somerset, Colo.) Part 2

Collection Name: 
Colorado Coal Project
Title: 
The Portal (Somerset, Colo.) Part 2
Creator: 
Margolis, Eric, 1947-
Creator: 
McMahan, Ronald L.
Subject: 
Coal miners -- Children -- Colorado
Subject: 
Coal mines and mining
Subject: 
Coal mining -- Colorado
Subject: 
Labor disputes -- Colorado
Subject: 
Strikes and lockouts -- Coal mining -- Colorado
Description: 
Video footage of conversations which took place between the interviewers and coal mining town residents in a parking lot outside a restaurant called The Portal. First footage shows a reporter interviewing a coal miner about his feelings about the strike which was taking place when the filming took place. Footage moves to a group of men standing in the parking lot and bantering back and forth about the history of mining. An unidentified older mine worker tells about what it was like to buy supplies at the Company Store in town, then called the "Wash-ette", and how they had used scrip at one time. The miner discusses the mines which were all active at different periods in time throughout the history of the area, mentioning Clear Creek and Delcarbon and others. He describes where, on a nearby hill, there were once tents where people used to live, a shower building, a water tower, a company store-and his wife was born in one of the tents that once sat on the hill. The man also says that his father lost his arm in a mining accident in the mine where they stood. He states that before the 1940s, they used mules to carry the coal out of the mines. The scene changes to inside the bar, where a news program is discussing the coal mining strike and it's national effects on the automobile industry and american households. A spokesperson for the United Mine Workers, Douglas Fraser, appears on the screen and comments on the strike and the mine working conditions. Men in the bar shout insults at the comments made by the reporters on the television and other government representatives who think the strike is unreasonable.
Description Type: 
summary
Description Type: 
SegmentSequence
Publisher: 
University of Colorado Boulder Archives
Contributor: 
Morgan, Bill
Date: 
3/7/1978
Type: 
MovingImage
Format: 
video/mp4
Identifier: 
136-Portal
Language: 
English
Coverage (Spatial): 
Somerset, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Paonia, CO