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From the Archives - April 14, 2022

| April 14, 2022 1:00 AM

This miner's hard hat with carbide lamp was used by Charlie Riefsteck at the Continental Mine in the 1950s.

Powered calcium carbide was placed in the generator chamber and water in the water tank. The water would drip onto the powder when mixed, they produced acetylene gas. The gas, when burned, gave off a bright light.

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