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The Pictou Coal Mine was located roughly three miles east by north east outside of the town of Walsenburg. Pictou was opened in 1887 by the Southern Colorado Coal Company through two slope entries. The mines elevation was 6,280 feet above sea level. The mine names under the SCCC was the Lenox, or Sulphur Springs #1. One month after production began Maitland , also known as Sulphur Springs #2 was opened. The name was changed to Pictou in 1889 by Thomas Lawther, the Superintendent at the time. The name Pictou comes from the town of Pictou in Nova Scotia. In February of 1890 the mine was sold to the Colorado Fuel Company, and was operated by them until the consolidation in October of 1892, when CF&I became the owner.
In 1902 CF&I started manufacturing all of their mine carts at Pictou. Between four and five carloads of carts were produced each month. Each Carload consisted of 18 carts.
The Pictou mine experienced many temporary shutdowns, but did not remain closed until 1954.