Hastings Mine

Location
County Road 44
Las Animas County, Colorado, 81082 USA
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The bodies of seven miners remain in the mine and were not recovered.

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Hastings Mine (Hastings) Cemetery 1,140,p6
Southwest of Ludlow abt 3 1/2 mi. Near Hastings Mine.

Hastings is in Las Animas county, Colorado. Hastings was a coal mining camp (so called town) owned by the Victor American Fuel Company was adjacent to the coal mining operational buildings. By 1923 production fell to 7,049 tons, and the mine was then abandoned and the portal sealed with concrete. Final cleanup of the site was done in 1952, and the railroad was torn up. Today only concrete foundations, deserted half-ruined coke ovens and a granite monument mark the site. In 2011, there were more than 50 coke ovens still standing. Coke ovens were used to turn coal into “coke.” The volatile constituents are driven off by heating coal as high as 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Coke is used as a fuel and as a reducing agent in blast furnaces used to make steel. Most of the coke briquettes were used at the Colorado Fuel and Iron steel company in Pueblo. To go to the site, from the intersection of County Road 44.0 and County Road 61.5 located about one west of I-25 (U.S. 85,87 & 160), take 44.0 Road across the railroad tracks westward about two miles to the coke ovens. There is a small memorial monument on the site commemorating the 1917 Hastings mine disaster in which 121 died.

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GPS Coordinates: 37.3380810, -104.6193960

  • Added: 13 Feb 2015
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2569248