Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Itinerant Miners’ Cemetery

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Location: on Briceville Highway (Tennessee Route 116) near Andy's Ridge Rd, Lake City, TN
County: Anderson
Coordinates: N 36° 12.317    W 084° 10.033
  36.20528333    -84.16721666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Itinerant Miners’ Cemetery

Itinerant miners worked in the Fraterville Mine alongside miners with long-term contracts and strong local ties. Bodies of the itinerant miners were not claimed after the 1902 explosion and were buried adjacent to the railroad spur that led to the mine. Some graves are marked with fieldstones and others are unmarked.

Early Welsh miners to the area had many superstitions, and spirits of the itinerant miners are said to still be calling for family members to identify them. On a clear night when the wind is blowing and the moon is full, listen carefully and you may hear them whispering their names.

Erected by Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.