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Twentymile Coal Company began construction of the new Sage Creek Portal in 2011.

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Twentymile Coal Company: Digging below the surface

New coal beckons but future demand uncertain for underground mine

For all the complex, highly engineered machinery required to run an underground mine, it’s a Dodge 4-wheel-drive pickup truck that delivers miners to their work site every day deep under the earth at Twentymile Coal Company’s Foidel Creek Mine — commonly referred to as Twentymile.

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Coal production down at Routt County's Twentymile mine

Routt County’s Twentymile Coal Co. in 2013 produced the least amount of coal since at least 2001.

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