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Updated: 11/06/2013 08:00:01AM

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

This 1880 locomotive was once used in Mulberry's phosphate industry a century ago.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

This 130-year-old locomotive was discovered by Mosaic workers nearly two years ago before it was moved to the Mulberry Phosphate Museum grounds for public display.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Richard Fifer, local Mulberry phosphate historian, Mosaic representative Callie Neslund and Mulberry Phosphate Museum Director Chelsea Young attended the unveiling of the Manchester locomotive at the museum on Friday.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

County Commissioner Todd Dantzler talks about the historic mining history display at the Mulberry Phosphate Museum at Friday's unveiling ceremonies on Friday.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Mulberry City Commissioner Collins Smith and Mosaic representative Callie Neslund talk about the historic locomotive unearthed by the mining company and now on display at the Mulberry Phosphate Museum.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

The unearthed locomotive is housed under a pavilion at the Mulberry Phosphate Museum on First Street in Mulberry.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

This 1880 locomotive was once used in Mulberry's phosphate industry a century ago. It now has a permanent home outside the museum in Mulberry.

By CATHY PALMER

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Nearly 100 years ago a worn-out steam railroad engine was discarded by a phosphate mine and buried in mining debris. This past Friday, nearly two years after it was found by Mosaic workers, the resurrected engine hulk was on display at the Mulberry Phosphate Museum as a monument to mining days of old.

The 21-ton hulk, found on land between Bartow and Mulberry just north of State Road 60, was unearthed by Mosaic workers who were tending to abandoned Mulberry phosphate property. They found the relic buried under some 20 feet of detritus and dirt.

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