Butte Montana

They Worked Underground

The mining industry had it's own set of names for the various workers and trades in the mines. Among them:

Trammer—pushed ore cart or cage to surface or away from face

Topman—pulled cars on and off the cage

Bar down—barred loose slabs and rock

Mucker—Shoveled rock into car or chute

Smitty—blacksmith (fashioned and sharpened tools)

Miner—drilled, blasted, mucked and timbered

Hoistman—ran engine for hoisting and watched compressor

Station Tender—loaded cars on cage from different levels

Shifter—The boss directly over the mine crew