Historic Markers Across Tennessee

State Coal Mine

Marker ID:  
Location: on Vowell Mountain Lane, Lake City, TN
County: Anderson
Coordinates: N 36° 12.883    W 084° 10.017
  36.21471666    -84.16695
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


State Coal Mine

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.


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