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Barthell Coal Mining Camp is located in Barthell, Kentucky. The camp was in operation from 1902 to 1948. There was a 2 to 4 foot seam of coal that ran throughout the mountain, at least 12 miles of it, the depth at which this company mined. The seams of coal had a bright yellow and orange seam that ran through it. The yellow was sulfur, the orange was iron. Inside the mine you will see a lot of different things and many of which grows along the roof lines. Bacteria of many kinds grow in the dark and moist mine. Some of which have not been recognized to scientist. The coal cars still loaded full of coal remain inside the mine was once carted out by welsh ponies.
At the entry of the mine was a board that held gold colored tags, each numbered for the miners inside. Their daily routine was to hang their tag on the board when they entered the mine and remove it when they left for the day. At the end of each shift a supervisor would check the board for any remaining tags. This would let him know if the mine was empty or miners remained inside.
On this camp site you will find a Doctor’s Office, Bathhouse, Barber shop, Machine shop, General Store and many more. Inside each building displays original pieces of history. The School and Church were located in the same building, the school on one side the church on the other. The Barber I was told also pulled teeth and was considered a general dentist in those days. The Barber symbol with its red and white stripes hung neatly above the barber chair. The color of red stands for blood and the white stands for sterile. To learn such a small piece of information made all the history surrounding me even more interesting. This is an amazing coal camp with so much to see. Check out their link and the points of interest for more information http://www.barthellcoalcamp.com/index.htm
The pictures posted here and the information listed on this website and theirs, does not do this mining camp justice. It’s so much more. Take time out of your busy schedule and check it out. You won’t regret it. Cabins are available for rent.