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Location DB > Japan > Fukuoka Prefecture > Fukuoka > Shime Mining Place Vertical Pit Tower
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Shime Mining Place Vertical Pit Tower
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created by MCP on 4/16/2006 2:38 PM
last modified by MCP on 4/16/2006 4:32 PM
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A tower which housed the 1000 horsepower elevator that went down into the mine about 430 meters (1000+ feet). If you think that is deep, the deepest part of the Shime Coal Mine is up to 600 meters (~2000 feet). It is a very tall and unique reinforced concrete structure. Its design shows well of its era that it was built in.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
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Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Japan
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 Hazards
  • 1000 feet deep pit
  •  Interesting Features
    Awesome architecture!
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  • Playground/Park with People
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1943
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • binoculars
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
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     History
    In 1889, the old navy opened up the first pit in present Sue Cho in the Kasuya coal field was opened up. After that more and more pits begin to open. the miners need a way to get coal from the mine up and topside. Since the mines were fairly deep, 1000+ feet, they needed something to haul a lot of coal, go really deep, and something with a lot of power. They decided to build a pit tower. The pit tower houses a 1000 horsepower elevator that can go up and down the pit mine. It allowed for easy removal of uneeded rock and it also made it possible to bring up the coal. Overall, the mine company just abandoned this mine and moved on to another one. Currently this building is abandoned. I think this is the last building of its type left in the world.
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    Shime
    Sun, Apr 16th, 2006
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    Breached
    Mon, May 1st, 2006
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    Mon, May 1st, 2006
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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mutt on 6/17/2006 1:32 AM.

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  • on Jun 17 06 at 1:32, Mutt validated this location
  • on May 1 06 at 21:42, MCP created a new gallery
  • on May 1 06 at 21:42, MCP created a new gallery
  • on May 1 06 at 21:17, MCP deleted picture 182664 from gallery Breached
  • on May 1 06 at 21:15, MCP created a new gallery
  • on Apr 24 06 at 17:43, MCP made this location public
  • on Apr 16 06 at 16:32, MCP changed the following: Province / State (please use full name)
  • on Apr 16 06 at 16:27, MCP changed the following: City, Province / State (please use full name)
  • on Apr 16 06 at 15:07, MCP made this location available
  • on Apr 16 06 at 15:07, MCP changed the following: Type, Province / State (please use full name)
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