from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The housing or protective structure over the mouth of a mine-shaft, designed to carry the pulleys and dumping-platforms and any other necessary machinery.


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  • The rough board cabin and the rougher shaft-house were scarcely worth knocking down for lumber.

    The Furnace of Gold

  • In the absence of better lumber, for which they had no money, Van and his partners had torn down the shaft-house, made it into sluices, and turned in the water from the stream.

    The Furnace of Gold

  • Perhaps the shack and the shaft-house on the claim, with the windlass and tools included by

    The Furnace of Gold

  • Every improvement for bettering the conditions under which the men worked was put in -- better air-pumps; a large shaft-house with dressing-rooms for the men, to save them from going out while heated, to be exposed to winter's cold; a hospital for the sick; lower prices at the company's store; Finnegan's saloon enlarged and fitted up as a temperance club-house, with not a drop of liquor, but plenty of good cheer.

    The Transformation of Job A Tale of the High Sierras

  • In the centre were the great breaker-buildings, the shaft-house, and the power-house with its tall chimneys; nearby were the company-store and a couple of saloons.

    King Coal : a Novel

  • They came to the shaft-house of Number Two, and found a swarm of people, almost a riot.

    King Coal : a Novel

  • There was still a rain of lighter debris pattering down over the village; as they stared, and got their wits about them, remembering how things had looked before this, they realised that the shaft-house of Number One had disappeared.

    King Coal : a Novel

  • Blindeye Bozeman and Taylor Bill formed the entire working staff until the much-sought million dollars should flow in and a shaft-house, portable air pumps, machine drills and all the other attributes of modern mining methods should be put into operation.

    The Cross-Cut

  • Kilmeny emerged from the shaft-house and called a cheerful good-morning across to her.

    The Highgrader

  • They took a side street that ran up the hill, presently came to the end of it, and stopped at the foot of a trail leading to the abandoned shaft-house.

    The Highgrader


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