The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

November 25, 2013

Pennsylvania man to move coal equipment

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Attica —

Transporting the walking drag line from Attica to Pennsylvania will be an endeavor, Kelley said. This Friday, he expects friends from Nebraska, Boston, Pennsylvania and Sweden to join him in tearing the machine apart. 

"They all want to be a part of this," Kelley said. 

The pieces will be loaded onto semi trucks for transport. Kelley plans to arrive on Friday and hopes to be on the road home by Sunday. The drive to Pennsylvania will take approximately 12 hours. 

Kelley has a grandson who lives in Sully. Prior to that, he was unaware of the role coal mining played in the history of Marion County, and all of southern Iowa. 

Moon said his family used to have two machines in the drag line's location. They had a speeder next to it, with a throttle, used to make the equipment move faster. Moon remembers his grandmother's job was to control the throttle to provide the necessary speed. 

Kelley is excited about making the trip to Marion County, picking up his machine and learning more about local coal mining history. 

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