This site has been on my list since the dreadful coal mining accident earlier this year. It offers a ton of information on coal mining, and the miners who work there.
Navigation is simple, just click on the categories on the side menu to explore that topic fully. The categories are:
Coal Miner’s Son – in this introduction to the site you will get to meet the author of the site Roger Philpot.
Picture Galleries – here you will find all of the pictures of coal mines, coal miners, the places they lived and their families. My favorite part of the galleries is comparing the conditions that exist in the old pictures from the 1940’s and 50’s with the last gallery that is of a coal miner today. Definitely check this section out.
A Coal Camp – this section takes you directly to the images of coal camps.
Inside a Coal Mine – this section takes you directly to the images of the interiors of coal mines.
Coal Mining Facts – this is probably my favorite section, because it offers interesting facts about mining, as well as, external links to interesting information. For example, I learn all about mountaintop removal mining. I suggest you check out that link. I also recommend this link. The other information I love from this section is How Coal is Formed, and learning about the different mining methods.
Mining Disasters – here you can learn about mining disasters. I was very interested in this section, and it did not disappoint my curiosity. Here you’ll find a photo of a monument devoted to remember people who lost their lives in the mines. You’ll also find interesting statistical information on mine disasters over the last three centuries.
United Mine Workers – I thought this section was interesting as well, here you will discover the United Mine Workers of America. You’ll also learn about John L. Lewis, who fought hard for miner’s rights as president of the UMWA.
Coal Miner’s Poetry – here you will find poetry that was submitted to the site and accepted by the author for publication. The content is of course about mining, and miners.
Coal Miner’s Stamp – if you would like to help coal miner’s bring attention to their profession and its legacy, then you need to check out this section where you will learn about their efforts to get a Coal Miner’s Stamp. You can also sign the petition to help them get it.
According to this site, Ohio gets most of its electricity via coal. So I think it is important to be informed on the subject. I left this site and the links provided on it better informed about where my electricity was coming from, and the people who make that happen.