To travel through Kentucky is to experience a living history of our state’s triumphs, tragedies, and stories that transcend generations. To many lifelong Kentucky residents, the past is something that is talked about, learned from, sometimes celebrated, and often times relived through vivid memories and photos. One piece of Kentucky history that is equally fascinating and eye-opening is the state’s role in coal mining. The mountains of eastern Kentucky are filled with evidence and stories of this dangerous industry and these 8 photos of Kentucky’s coal mining past are definitely worth checking out.

These photos of Kentucky’s coal mining past may conjure up feelings of intrigue, sadness, fascination, or even remembrance. For every Kentuckian, they likely promote a sense of pride for the incredibly hard work and dedication these families had to this life that was and is a huge part of this region of Kentucky. What do you think of these photos? Do you have a story of Kentucky’s coal mining past? Please share it with us in the comments.

All of these photos were shared via Facebook on the Kentucky Coal Towns Page. If you’d like to see and learn more, follow along with them here.

And for a Kentucky destination that makes for a great day trip to visit a mine and learn more about coal mining, check out our previous article here.

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