Muchakinock, Iowa: The Strike Breakers Courtesy of The African American Museum of Iowa Black History Blogger, Lesley Gist, 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 .