Black Thunder Coal Mine
This amazing motherlode has been producing like no other for nearly 4 decades, up in Campbell County, just 12 miles southeast of Wright, Wyoming. This is Black Thunder Coal Mine, the largest coal mine in the United States, and one that produces 10 percent of the nation’s coal supply. This single-seam, open pit puts-out an astounding 5-thousand pounds of clean-burning, low-sulphur coal, every second! And Black Thunder works at that rate 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year.
Black Thunder pumps out enough coal to provide electricity to 5.8 million households. It’s the daily task of more than 400 employees at the site, and it makes good use of two railroads, the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Sante Fe, to transport the stuff. On December 17th, 2004, Black Thunder became the first mine ever to ship 1-billion tons, or 9.3 million train cars, of coal. Still a major producer, Black Thunder Coal Mine coal is shipped to 23 states, and 2 foreign countries.