POCOLA MINING COMPANY
This colorized image of a black and white photograph from Robert Bell's photo album was taken sometime in April 1935. It shows the excavation in progress by the Pocola Mining Company. The caretaker, known as Dan, is sitting in the back. The man standing to the left is W. M. McKenzie. The man standing to his right in the hole is W. Guinn Cooper and the man next to him is K. A. McKenzie, who is W. M. McKenzie's son. The man sitting to the right in the picture is Robert Bell's school friend Chuck Aronhalt. The caretakers tent, where he lived while protecting the site and where the artifacts were held before being sold, can be seen in the background. The location of the excavation is described as "the third cone from the north." The largest mound in the structure, where the great mortuary tomb was discovered, can be seen in the background to the left. The area where these men are digging is believed to be the general area where the colorful biface illustrated above may have been discovered.