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Group says it can't save giant coal shovel
(2007-01-29)
(WOUB) - A group that hoped to turn a giant shovel into a museum dedicated to eastern Ohio's mining industry is abandoning the effort.

The Harrison County Coal and Reclamation Historical Park says it failed to raise the 2.3 million dollars needed to save the Silver Spade. The group managed to come up with $800,000.

Organizers say Pittsburgh based owner CONSOL Energy wanted up to $700,000 to cover the value of the machine if it were sold for scrap.

Another 1.6 million dollars was needed to grade the towering walls of earth forming the pit where the shovel stopped working in April, a few hundred feet short of its planned retirement.

CONSOL Energy began dismantling the shovel last week.

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