Underground and Radioactive

Adventures of a Uranium Miner in 1970s New Mexico


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About the Book

 Capturing for posterity the vanishing world of uranium mining, this candid memoir recounts the author’s adventures and misadventures working underground in 1970s New Mexico, the “Uranium Capital of the World.” Detailed descriptions of the tools, methods and hazards of uranium mining, along with character sketches and entertaining anecdotes, provide a colorful glimpse of a bygone way of life—drilling, blasting and mucking the sandstone of the Grants mineral belt in the San Juan Basin.

About the Author(s)

R.D. Saunders is a retired economist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bibliographic Details

R.D. Saunders
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: 31 photos, glossary, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6996-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2885-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Prologue 6

School Days 7

What Next? 13

The New Hand 24

Camping 33

Orientation 36

The Underground 44

Moving Up 67

Progress 77

Attempted Rape 81

A Place to Call Home 85

Miner’s Helper 89

Down the Chute 94

The Iron Blossom 99

Revenge 103

The Sandman 112

A Glimpse of the Future 116

Encino 120

Cal 123

Alone 139

Darkness 161

Ghost in the Stope 164

Ana Maria 175

Fuzzmobile 182

Beginning of the End 191

End of the Line 194

Aftermath 201

Epilogue 204

Mining Terminology 207

Index 209