The coal industry helped build Appanoose County
Monday, November 30, 2015
“The coal industry of Appanoose county has reached vast proportions in the past few years, as the products of over fifty mines will attest. In the year ending December 11, 1911, there were taken from the bowels of the earth in this county, one and one-third millions tons of coal, which meant the employment of over three thousand men and a vast expenditure of money for labor and working material. Most if not all, of the money was spent in the county and as a consequence, the operating of the mines has increased the wealth of the county to a very appreciable extent.” (Page 151, Past and Present of Appanoose County, Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement, Volume I, edited by L. L. Taylor, 1913, https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=i34UAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PP1)
This excerpt from a 1913 history shows how important the coal industry was to the economy of Appanoose County, Iowa. To learn more about the local coal industry, visit the Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum in Centerville. The museum features a dedicated coal mining exhibit on the lower level, which has numerous artifacts and photos related to the industry and two walk-in replicas of coal mines.
The Appanoose County Historical Museum is located a block south of the Town Square at 100 West Maple Street. Its home is a former U.S. Post Office that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
For museum hours, admission rates, and contact info, see http://www.appanoosehistory.com/about%20us.html.