Welcome, readers. We have now come to the end of our journey. I hope everyone has avoided our creatures thus far. Hopefully, this series has better prepared readers for any future encounters. Let’s explore and investigate the following creatures together. XVI. Tennessee Wildman   First Encounter: 1800s in McNairy County,Continue 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