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

Fire on Coal Creek

 
 
Fire on Coal Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
1. Fire on Coal Creek Marker
Inscription. Soldiers responded to attack by firing cannons from here into the Miners Nest encampment on Walden Ridge, located south of the Wye Gap. Soldiers also shot cans filled with mud through the Wye Gap into the town of Coal Creek to signal that the town could be destroyed at any time.

Welsh miners who left the area after convicts arrived in 1877 kept close ties with local miners. Coal Creek miners helped stop attempts to bring convicts to mines in southeast Kentucky in 1886, so Kentucky miners reciprocated in the fight against convict labor during the Coal Creek War.
 
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 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. Militia Hill (here, next to this marker); Breastworks (here, next to this marker); American Chestnuts (here, next to this marker); State Coal Mine

Fire on Coal Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
2. Fire on Coal Creek Marker
(here, next to this marker); Siege on Fort (here, next to 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Top.
 
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Fort Anderson on Militia Hill image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
3. Fort Anderson on Militia Hill
Cannon overlooking Rocky Top (formerly Coal Creek / Lake City), Tennessee.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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