For Colorado coal miners, the canary in the coal mine was actually a mouse

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Intresting I never knew that I had always heard about the canaries in the mines

Thanks, Pat. The book also spoke quite a bit about the mules the miners used to haul coal up from the mines. I had never thought about the resources it took to maintain large amounts of them...and the challenges of working with pack animals in confined spaces. "Killing for Coal" is a tremendous book that really reshaped the way I think about Colorado history. 

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