Elmer Larson - Hanna Carpenter
1889-1912: The Butvier Collection from Sally Hafdell and David Eriksson in Sweden
Photo Collection by Sally Hafdell and David Eriksson in Sweden with Contributions from Bob Leathers
In early 1889: the Union Pacific Coal Company hired Swedish carpenters to build the first coal tipples and miner homes in Hanna. Among the first carpenters hired from Sweden was Elmer Larson.
The following images sent to Bob Leathers from Sally Hafdell and David Eriksson in Sweden are truly magnificent. They provide us with new and important details about the history of Hanna.
Union Pacific Coal Company's Hanna Coal Camp
Union Pacific Coal Company's No. 1 Mine in Hanna
Union Pacific Coal Company's No. 2 Mine in Hanna
Elmer Larson was involve in building a new dump for the Union Pacific Coal Company's No. 2 mine in Hanna in 1906. He is pictured below holding a saw in the carpenter's shop.
More at: Union Pacific Coal Company's No. 2 Underground Mine at Hanna, Wyoming
The blueprint above shows the 1906 details for a new dump to be built for the Union Pacific Coal Company's Hanna No. 2 mine. The original dump built in 1889 is pictured below in the background. The dump appears to have a ramp running west to east. The new dump ramp ran north to south.
Support buildings were built in 1906, which included a new power plant.
A support building for the No. 2 mine is pictured above and below. In the picture above, Elmer Larson is marked with an X.
Union Pacific Coal Company No. 4 Mine in Hanna
Plans for Planting an Orchard in Hanna
Cumberland, Wyoming Coal Camp
One of the places Elmer appears to have been in 1900 was Cumberland, Wyoming. A coal camp in southern Wyoming. Cumberland, Wyoming is located about 15 miles south of Kemmerer on the Uinta County line. It was originally called "Camp Muddy." It consisted of four camps, Cumberland No. 1, Cumberland No. 2, South Cumberland, and Cumberland Gap. It was a coal camp much like Hanna. It was wholly owned by the Union Pacific Coal Company.
Diamondville, Wyoming Coal Camp
Another coal camp Elmer may worked at or visited was Diamondville, Wyoming. 2021: Diamondville still exits today. It is a town in Lincoln County, Wyoming. The Diamondville mine was owned and operated by the Diamond Coal and Coke Company and not the Union Pacific Coal Company. However the Union Pacific Coal Company did own and operate the two Cumberland Mines, No. 1 and No. 2, about 14 miles south of Diamondville.
Silver King Mine
Park City District, Summit County, Utah
Another place Elmer may have worked as a carpenter was the Silver King mine at Park City, Utah. The Silver King Mine was a silver, lead, and zinc mine located in Summit county, Utah at an elevation of 8,199 feet. (Western Mining History)
People and Places
Elmer Larson appears to have moved around during his stay in America. He may of had a connection to a professional photographer during his stay. Elmer's collection of pictures has some awesome images taken in various locations that appear to be in Wyoming, but have not yet been identified.
Elmer Larson's Blue Prints
The Elmer Larson collection of images contains blue prints of mine dumps/tipples, mine buildings and mine houses.