Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Last of the Pit Ponies Passes Away

Pip, a "pit pony" that worked in UK coal mines, has died.

In 1913, 70,000 ponies worked in underground mines. It's something I never knew, so file it as...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Strange, I only seem to comment on you obits--but they are usually musicians. My grandfather ran a company, at the time, called Joy Mining Machinery. He would tell stories of mine owners who--and this is in the 1930s--refused to see the benefit of replacing their mules with automated miners. Here's to Pip, he outlived them all.