The Washhouse: A Short Story

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Every shift began and ended here inside the Washhouse. Each miner had a numbered basket suspended from the ceiling, with his clothing and toiletries. He lowered his basket, put on his work clothes, and hung his town clothes from the hook. The worker then hauled the basket up to the ceiling, where it stayed warm, dry, and out of reach. Eight hours later, the blackened and sweaty miners returned for a hot shower. Work clothes were returned to the hook, and the well-scrubbed men returned to town. As you enter the Washhouse, watch your step and stay alert for low hanging baskets.

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