IOWA MINES: Reclaiming Old Coal Mines
Iowa contractors are hoping to turn Marion County eye sores into something useful. “This is the remnants of surface coal mining that took place in Marion County anywhere from about the 1940's to 1977 or so..we're standing on the top of the spoil pile about 65-70 feet tall off of the ground elevation,” Todd Coffelt with the Iowa Mines and Minerals Bureau explains. .