Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bell County, Kentucky Coal Camp

These pictures were all taken towards the end of 1945 in Bell County Kentucky. They show a brief view of life in a Coal Camp. There were literally hundreds of camps just like these spread out through out the Kentucky Highlands. Life was hard, short and difficult for the families that retrieved millions of dollars worth of coal from the mountains. Unfortunately, for the families of the miners and for the region as a whole, the profits went to interests outside the region. Large mining concerns stole the coal from the hills and gave almost nothing in return.

To view the pictures: Click Here.


  1. Hi there,
    I am blogging about coal mining camps today. I am including a link to your site in my blog so people can view all the great info and pics you have!

  2. Unfortunately, the above link no longer works. However, if you go here:

    You will find links to a large number of pictures of coal camps and company stores.