A few years ago, I visited the Coal Creek Miners Museum in Rocky Top (formerly Lake City, formerly Coal Creek), Anderson County, Tennessee. The facility provides a historical glimpse into the lives of coal miners in the Fraterville and Briceville mines, particularly from the late 1800s to the 1930s. TheContinue Reading

Photo:  On the tipple of Cross Mountain Mine, near Coal Creek, Tennessee, December 1910. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee Source:  https://www.shorpy.com/node/15872    The next part of our journey transports us on a cold December day to Briceville, Tennessee – just a hop, skip, andContinue Reading

**Photo Source: Coal Creek Watershed Foundation   After the Coal Creek War, coalminers garnered a new respect, reclaimed their jobs and formed unions. Coal companies gained a skilled workforce and restructured the industry better than it was before convict-leasing. Families were relatively happy as normalcy and stability returned. Ten years afterContinue Reading

Photo:  Miners Attack Stockade at Coal Creek from Above Harper’s Weekly – Tennessee Virtual Archive   A city in East Tennessee rests quite unobtrusive and timeless against a misty mountain backdrop. Historic architecture lines the old main street that once felt the drumbeat of a booming industry. Rocky Top wasContinue Reading