These 19 Rare Photos Show Kentucky’s Mining History Like Never Before
Kentucky’s coal miners have endured much hardship throughout the history of mining life in the Bluegrass State. My grandfather was a coal miner who lived in a one room log cabin with a wife and three children until the day he had miraculously saved enough pennies to get out of the mines and buy a dairy farm. Other miners and their families in this era weren’t so lucky.
These 19 photos show a glimpse of mining life in Kentucky in the first half of the twentieth century. Two things are for certain about mining in the early 1900s: Life was hard—but the miners and their families were tougher.
Life was tough for miners and their families in the early to mid 1900s in Kentucky. But folks worked hard, made an honest living and supported their families – just like they still do today.
Do you know someone who was part of the early coal mining days in Kentucky? We’d love to know in our comments.
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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