Muchakinock, Iowa: The Strike Breakers Courtesy of The African American Museum of Iowa Black History Blogger, Lesley Gist www.blogtalkradio.com/TheGISTofFREEDOM.com, WWW.The Gist of Freedom. From 1875 to 1900, Muchakinock was home to one of the nation's largest coal-mining firms, Consolidated Coal Co. In 1880 J.E. Buxton, superintendent at Consolidated, sent officials to recruit black laborers from Virginia and West Virginia . Black families settled into the town, but by 1900 the coal mines were exhausted and Consolidated started opening up new camps in Buxton , Iowa .