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Bonne Terre Lead Mine Lokie
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Author:  James D. Hefner [ Mon Jun 22, 1998 12:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Bonne Terre Lead Mine Lokie

I have already asked about the Wanamie Lokies; and will have a web page describing what I have found very shortly.<p>Meanwhile, while surfing the net, I have found out about another surviving steam locomotive, but don't bother checking this one out unless you are a scuba diver!<p>It is St. Joseph Lead Co. #07, and is lying on its side in 60 feet of water at the bottom of the Bonne Terre Lead Mine in Missouri. When the mine was closed in the 1970s, it was simply abandoned; everything in it being considered obsolete. It then filled up with over a billion gallons of fresh water, turning it into an "underwater museum". It is lit up with 500,000 watts of lights, and tours are offered year-round.<p>Does anyone know anything more about this steam locomotive? It looks like only divers have been aware of its existance to date.

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