Coal Mining Mule Statue arrives at the
Miner’s Memorial Park on Main St.
(Excerpts from The Chronicle News article by Steve Block)
Riding high and proud in the back of a truck, Trinidad’s latest arrival found a new home at the Miner’s Memorial Park. A stunning black mule, representing the many animals that worked alongside local miners, at the height of coal production in this area, has joined the existing coal miners’ statue which was installed and is maintained by the Miner’s Memorial Committee. The new statue stands six feet tall, seven feet long, and weighs 350 pounds. “It’s the latest addition to the park’s celebration of the mining heritage of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. A mining heritage that brought thousands of immigrants to this area during coal mining’s Golden Age of yesteryear.” Two other statues, one of a female donkey and the third of a foal nursing at its mother’s side, will be installed alongside the adult mule. The Miner’s Memorial Committee is also renovating a building adjacent to the park as the future home of a Mining Museum.