Mineral Monday: Carbide Lamps

This week, Garrett shows us a few exciting pieces in the Keck Museum's mining history collection.

This display of Carbide Lamps can be found in the Lilly Brandt room on the third floor of the Mackay Mines building.

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9/17/2018 | By: Jennifer Sande |

Mineral Monday is a weekly video series exploring the many amazing minerals, fossils, and historic objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum as told by museum curator Garrett Barmore. This week, Garrett shows us a few exciting pieces in the Keck Museum's mining history collection. These carbide lamps were used by miners to illuminate their workspaces underground up until about the 1930s. Aside from using them for light, can you guess how else miners might have used these open-flame lamps underground?

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More about the Keck Museum and Mineral Monday

Located in the Mackay School of Mines building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens, and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.

For directions and museum details, visit unr.edu/keck

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