This is an image of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad coming into the Sulphur Mine. The railroad was the sole method of the mines transporting their ore and receiving supplies. One worry of the mines was that the threat of war could cause their raw materials and shipping costs to sky rocket. In 1900, with the Spanish American war taking place and the threat of war in South Africa imminent, the mines were concerned that their price of freight would rise, making it uneconomical to ship their ore. The price was rising, and they knew any greater conflict would only cause it to become even higher. Soon rumors of World War I broke out, as the central powers began hording supplies. One of these supplies was dynamite, a key component of the mines. Albon P. Mann, General Manager at the Arminius Mines, expressed worry of war raising the price of dynamite. He stated, “With the wars and rumours of wars ahead, it is quite probable that the price of explosives may be advanced rather than reduced." The mines realized that World War I could raise many of the costs associated with shipping and producing their ore, cutting their profit margin.
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