Miners Lamp
Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 5:41PM
The Vestiges in Abandoned, Ghost towns, Route 66, abandoned, homesteads

Before headlamps could be powered by batteries, miners burned calcium carbide as lamp fuel. The powder was sold in steel barrels like this one. Decades of exposure to temperature and humidity fluxuations took their toll on this one: the carbide expanded, popping the top off the barrel and splitting it down the side.

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