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

State Coal Mine

 
 
State Coal Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
1. State Coal Mine Marker
Inscription. The arrival of General Carnes with the bulk of the state militia overwhelmed the miners by the late summer of 1892. Although they lost the final battle, Coal Creek miners won the war when newly-elected Gov. Peter Turney fulfilled a campaign promise and appropriated funds to build Brushy Mountain State Prison with its associated coal mine.

Unlike the convict lease system, the state-operated coal mine provided financial incentive for the state to sustain safe working conditions for convict miners. The Brushy Mountain Mine in Petros continue to yield substantial profits for state coffers until it closed in 1938.
 
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

State Coal Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
2. State Coal Mine Marker
Marker on left.
(here, next to this marker); Fire on Coal Creek (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.
 
Also see . . .  The Brushy Mtn. State Mines – 70 Years of Hard Labor (Part I). (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
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 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. 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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