COAL CAMP DATABASE indicates: This database contains 1,937 entries (coal camps), attempting to document coal camps found in Kentucky. Information about the location of the camp (city, county), years of operation, and approximate number of employees is available.
Secondary research was primarily extrapolated from:
Dodrill, Earl. Twenty Thousand Coal Company Stores. Pittsburgh, Pa.: Duquesne Lithographing Company, 1971.
Keystone Coal Field Directory. Pittsburgh, Pa.: Keystone Consolidated Publishing Company, 1919-1926.
Keystone Coal Industry Manual. New York, N.Y.: Maclean Hunter Publishing Company, 1969-Present.
Shifflett, Crandall. Coal Towns: Life, Work, and Culture in Company Towns of Southern Appalachia, 1880-1960. Knoxville, Tenn.: The University of Tennessee Press, 1991.
United States and Canada Coal Mine Directory. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1940-1968.
The deep coal mining and coal camps or towns existed at the same time as the use of coal scrip.DMT
Kentucky Coal Heritage
"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." Good source of info on coal camps.
Annual Reports of the Kentucky Department of Mines&Minerals
Louisville & Nashville Railroad's annual Directories of Coal Mines
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