The Skookum Slope mine is located outside the town of Wilkeson WA in Pierce County WA.  Other workings near this mine had closed in 1883.  In 1942 the mine was re-opened with a new slope sunk by the Wilkeson Coal and Coke Company.  An agreement was enacted between the U.S. Defense Plant Corp. and Wilkeson Products Company to produce coal for industries in the Northwest.


The the mine was re-opened in 1942 the coal produced was used for the war effort. The mine was named for Skookum Smith who was responsible for bringing the Northern Pacific Railroad to Tacoma.


The mine operated from 1942 until 1956 producing thousands of tons of coal.


   


 

Skookum Slope Mine

 Skookum mine fan house

 Skookum mine fan house

Centrifugal fan 

Site Visited 2010/2012/2014

Looking into flooded Skookum Slope Mine

Robert Peloli Portal of Skookum Slope Mine 1943

Skookum Slope mine washery and load out bins

Remains of Skookum mine washery and load out bins

Sealed portal of Skookum Slope Mine

 Skookum mine fan house

Bridge footings Skookum Slope Mine