Absaloka Mine

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Absaloka Mine is a surface operation in Hardin, Montana, owned by Westmoreland Coal Company. The expansion of the mine, which is on the Crow Indian Reservation, contains an enormous bone bed, which includes hundreds of projectile points that may have been used in a systematic killing of animals that took place more than 2,000 years ago.

An an archaeological contractor spent two years working the site on the west side of the Little Wolf Mountains in the Sarpy Creek drainage area. The excavation has caused controversy within the Crow tribe, although the permitting of the mine had already been approved.[1]


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Mine Data

  • MSHA ID: 2400910
  • Start Year: 1974
  • Owner: Westmoreland Resources Inc.[2]
  • Parent company: Westmoreland Coal Company
  • Location: Sarpy Rd, near Hardin, Montana
  • GPS coordinates: 45.804333,-107.045116
  • Production (short tons): 2,966,261 (2019)[3]
  • Type of coal: Sub-Bituminous
  • Mine type: Surface
  • Equipment: 1 dragline, Truck/Loader, 992G Loader/777C 150 T Belly Dump
  • Number of employees: 150
  • Mine Size: 10,427 Acre
  • Reserve: 27.56 million short tons [4]
  • Mine status: Operating

Customer Plants

Deliveries in 2019[3]

Plant Name State Delivery Quantity in Short Tons
Sherburne County Plant MN 2,966,261

Deliveries in 2020[5]

Plant Name State Delivery Quantity in Short Tons
Sherburne County Plant MN 449,735

Articles and resources

Related GEM.wiki articles


  1. "2,000-year-old bison bone site mired in controversy" Lorna Thackeray, Billings Gazette, October 24, 2012.
  2. "Westmoreland Absaloka Mining LLC- Montana" westmoreland.com, accessed July 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 "EIA 923 2019" EIA 923 2019.
  4. Mining Data Online, Absaloka Mine, accessed April 2021.
  5. "EIA 923 March 2020" EIA 923 2020.

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