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Rocky Top in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Coal Creek War

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
1. Coal Creek War Marker
Inscription.  Welsh miners from the Knoxville Iron and Coal Company began mining coal at the foot of this hill in 1867, but were replaced by convict laborers during a strike in 1877. After convicts were brought to a mine in Briceville in July 1891, miners and business leaders met to plan a response.

Miners captured the stockades, sent convicts and guards on trains to Knoxville, and telegraphed Gov. Buck Buchanan informing him that convicts were no longer be allowed to take jobs from miners. The Coal Creek War then spread to convict mines in Oliver Springs, Tracy City, and Inman, Tennessee.
 
Erected by Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation series list.
 
Location. 36° 12.883′ N, 84° 10.017′ W. Marker is in Rocky Top, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is on Vowell Mountain Lane. Marker is located on Militia Hill. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City TN 37769, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of

Coal Creek War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
2. Coal Creek War Marker
this marker. Ghosts of Convict Miners (here, next to this marker); Fort Anderson (here, next to this marker); Why Miners Fought (here, next to this marker); Convict Lease System (here, next to this marker); Militia Hill (here, next to this marker); Breastworks (here, next to this marker); American Chestnuts (here, next to this marker); Fire on Coal Creek (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Top.
 
Also see . . .  Coal Creek War. (Submitted on March 11, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Coal Creek War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
3. Coal Creek War Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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