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

Why Miners Fought

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
1. Why Miners Fought Marker
Inscription. Agricultural land in the region was owned and being farmed by 1880. Younger sons of farmers sought opportunities in mining, learning new job skills from experienced Welsh miners. Mining also offered opportunities for African-Americans who comprised 16% of the local population by 1891.

Most Coal Creek miners and their families owned homes and land. An active social life was available in the form of brass bands, county fairs, baseball leagues, lodges, literary debates, and religious activities. When the convict lease system threatened their way of life, miners went to war with the state government.
 
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 on Vowell Mountain Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on Militia Hill. 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. Ghosts of Convict Miners (here, next to this marker); Fort Anderson (here, next to this marker); Coal Creek War

Why Miners Fought Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
2. Why Miners Fought 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.
 
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 112 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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