The US economy including money, textiles and coal

March 11, 2013
Chicago, Illinois - Commodities and futures trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Chicago, Illinois – Commodities and futures trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
© Jim West

Amana, Iowa - A worker runs a warping creel at the Amana Woolen Mill

Amana, Iowa – A worker runs a warping creel at the Amana Woolen Mill. The machine gathers up to 240 strands of yarn that will later be woven into cloth on a loom. The Woolen Mill is one of the enterprises started when German immigrants established the communal Amana Colonies in 1855.
© Jim West

Denver, Colorado - Production of gold and silver coins at the United States Mint

Denver, Colorado – Production of gold and silver coins at the United States Mint. Finished dimes go through a counting machine before being packaged for distribution.
© Jim West

Gillette, Wyoming - A surface coal mine in the Powder River Basin

Gillette, Wyoming – A surface coal mine in the Powder River Basin- the largest coal mining region in the United States.
© Jim West

Gillette, Wyoming - An aerial view of a coal train loading facility at a surface coal mine in the Powder River Basin

Gillette, Wyoming – An aerial view of a coal train loading facility at a surface coal mine in the Powder River Basin. The train on the loop at right is just finishing loading, while the train at left approaches the loading silo. The Powder River Basin is the largest coal mining region in the United States. About 80 trains a day move coal from the Basin.
© Jim West