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Did You Know
The average coal miner is 45 years old and has 20 years of experience.
The average weekly wage for a miner in Kentucky is $751.30
It is estimated that Black Lung disease affects 2.8 percent of coal miners. About 0.2 percent of coal workers have scarring on the lungs, the most severe form of the disease. Each year, close to 400 miners die from black lung disease.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mining remains the second most dangerous occupation in America.
That one ton of coal = 5 barrels of oil. = 30,000 ft of natural gas. *Approximate figures that depend on grade of coal being considered and particular composition of oil and gas.
Coal generates more than half of the electricity used in the Unites States.
Coal dust has blackened the lungs of miners for hundreds of years, and efforts to end black-lung disease stretch back decades. But in Eastern Kentucky, the disease persists — and is far worse than federal health officials anticipated it would be by now.
Black Lung kills almost 1,500 miners each year
Source - Courier - journal
Where They Worked
The coal miner's of South Eastern Kentucky comes from a special breed of man who works in the darkness under dangerous conditions and breathes the coal dust that gives him Black Lung and no hope of a retirement future.
The work is dirty and dangerous and many lost their lives due to the neglect of mine operators and poor implementation of state and Federal laws regulating the way mining should be conducted. The miners and their families lived in a settlement called coal camps. The houses, merchandise store, church, and schools were owned by the coal company. I am the son of a Kentucky coal miner, I was raised in a coal camp, and in my OWN words I want to document this life on the web site, so those who are interested can read about that experience.
This site is about coal miners - "Where They Worked And Where They Lived". Included within the web site is some insight about coal mining, coal education, coal mining disasters and history of coal mining. The pictures displayed are colored from black and white versions. My web site is dedicated to paying tribute to the coal miners of America.
Another site about coal mining.
Where They Lived
In a coal camp, the company owned all the properties, the houses and everything associated with the camp. Miners who worked there, just worked for wages and the pay they received was not enough to provide decent living for their families. The houses were mostly four rooms without indoor plumbing, there were no streets, just dirt lanes filled with coal ashes from the "warm morning' stoves that were used to heat the home. Some houses only had a single fireplace for heat in the cold winters.
A general store owned by the company, allowed the miners to trade for necessities. The miners used company monies called scrip which could only be redeemed, at the company store. Tennessee Ernie Ford had it right with the song lyrics "I owe my soul to the company store".
Typical Coal Camps - Twentieth Century
Processed coal loaded for the market. A typical coal car holds between 115 and 117 tons of coal