Featuring the World Famous Mines and Mining Companies of Western Kentucky
It was the 1950’s and the world needed coal… lots of coal. Here is a pictorial history of the machines, mines and men who filled that need.
From the 1950’s through the 1980’s Western Kentucky was the epicentre of coal mining in North America. In fact, at one point, Muhlenberg County produced more coal than any county, state, or country in the world!
Now, author Michael Davis has compiled an illustrated history of this era with 240 colour and black and white action photos of the world’s largest draglines, walking draglines, drills and shovels built by Bucyrus Erie, Page, Marion and Dart. Join the author as he takes you on a tour of the surface mines such as Henderson County #1, Colonial, Don Bow, Paradise, West Volunteer, Cimarron, Ayrgem, Gibraltar, Ken & Homestead and more.
Detailed production statistics are provided for each piece of equipment and are accompanied with fascinating historical facts and stories about the mines and mining companies. Also includes a rare look at some of the old draglines that have been re-started and, thanks to the new technology, are back in operation in Western Kentucky. This is a must-have for any heavy equipment enthusiast or anyone associated with the coal industry.
- 128 pages
- 70 Colour and 175 Black & White Photographs Throughout
- Softback book
- 216mm x 280mm