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

Ghosts of Convict Miners

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
1. Ghosts of Convict Miners Marker
Inscription. In 1877, convicts replaced striking Welsh miners in the Knoxville Iron and Coal Company Mine, located in the hollow to the south. Prison records show that 131 convict miners died there from 1877 to 1893, while others were caught igniting methane gas entering the mine to cook wild game over open flames.

Some believe the 1902 Fraterville Mine explosion was caused by ghosts of convict miners once again igniting methane gas to cook wild game. Fieldstones mark where convicts are buried, and only they know the origin of burn-spots and charred animal bones besides their graves.
 
Erected by Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Coal Creek Watershed marker series.
 
Location. 36° 12.883′ N, 84° 10.017′ W. Marker is in Rocky Top, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of Beech Grove Road and Vowell Mountain Lane, on the left when traveling north on Beech Grove Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City TN 37769, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Anderson (here, next to this marker); Why Miners Fought (here, next to this marker); Coal Creek War

Ghosts of Convict Miners Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
2. Ghosts of Convict Miners Marker
(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 . . .
1. Ghosts of the Convict Miners. (Submitted on March 11, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Knoxville Iron Company. (Submitted on March 11, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 115 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. 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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