Kentucky Coal Miners- Where They Worked and Lived

<!– –><!– –>Roger Philpot, Author of “Coal Miner’s Son” grew up in a coal camp.  His story and his site are a tribute to the American Coal Miner and an educational tool for those those who did not grow up in the Appalachian Mountains.  His mission is to educate the public about the coal miner’s life and that of their family, not just on a day to day basis, but long term as they face retirement age or Black Lung Disease.  The following is an excerpt from his site:

 “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. The song “Sixteen Tons” was once indicative of the life of a coal miner
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.” (excerpt taken from )

I encourage you to visit Roger’s site and let him take you into a coal mine, paint you of picture of growing up in a coal camp and educate you about Black Lung and its effects, just to name a few of the important information on his site.  Also discussed are mining tragedies.  I hope you enjoy this site, I certainly did!

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