…that pasties are synonymous with mining? Indeed they are. The Cornish, you see, are some of the world’s great miners. Tin mining, in fact, drove the economy in Corwall until the industry collapsed in the 1800’s, forcing many of the county’s inhabitants to flee for greener pastures. Of course they carried their pasties with them, which is why you can find pasties just about about anywhere there’s a mine here in the states, from Nevada County, California to Billings, Montana, (where they make them as big as footballs) to Southern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.