Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-350) and index.
ch. 1. Introduction -- ch. 2. Building the surface plant -- ch. 3. Surface plants for mine tunnels -- ch. 4. Gear oil and steam power : surface plants for shafts in the Gilded Age -- ch. 5. In the shadow of the fortune seekers : mining during the Great Depression -- ch. 6. Riches to rust : interpreting the remains of historic mines -- appendix. Tables for identifying and interpreting surface plant machinery and other facilities -- Bibliography -- End notes -- Index.