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Glenco’s Scottish name came from Thomas Sneddon, a Scottish prospector who stumbled upon coal in this region. Here, Thomas built the mine he always dreamed of, as well as the town. Glenco attracted miners from all parts of the country, including foreigners. The work was dangerous and heavy; pay was calculated by the ton with $3.00 for a ten-hour day being as much as the strongest miner could earn.

Mine explosions were common, especially the one in 1927 where 100 men died in the Frontier mine. The wives of Glenco worried continuously about their husbands’ dangerous occupation. The Frontier mine disaster and the depletion of coal served as the catalyst for the closing of the mines. By early 1940, Glenco was deserted.

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