The rise and fall of Thurber, Texas - a mining ghost town with a real ghost?
The coal industry transformed Southern culture, wealth and the health of its people. Especially in the Appalachian Mountains, where workers streamed in from around the world for risky job opportunities in the coal mines. Mining work was often dangerous and destructive. Coal mining stories were told in mining communities as a way for families to share experiences and encourage unity.
The greatest fear of a coal mining family was that the patriarch would never return from the mine depths. So there are numerous coal mining ghost stories of missing or killed miners. Sometimes there are even ghost dog stories about the mines. Read our coal mining stories below to enter this once dangerous and controversial world.
Learn about the history of coal mining in Appalachia, the growth of mining towns and the resulting poverty in a changing world.