Terre Haute as a mineral mining center in the 1800s, Peabody Coal Co.'s Universal Mine, Templeton Coal Company, United Mine Workers on strike, Old Ben in Oakland City closes, coal crisis of 1917, explosion in 1931 at the Little Betty Mine located southeast of Dugger, Terre Haute's Viking coal mine disaster of 1961, Bicknell mines, Sullivan City Coal Company, coal waste disposal.
The discovery of black rocks that glow along Lost Creek transformed Walker County. Settlers began to open wagon mines and ship coal in barges along the Warrior River. The railroad soon followed, which brought in corporations and big mining camps. Every town is littered with stories, from Dora's Uniontown to the union wars in Carbon Hill to the Gorgas mining experiment. Oakman's Corona camp housed the county's very first hospital, while Sipsey and Empire had a Harvard-educated teacher. Progress was made, largely due to coal. In Images of America: Walker County Coal Mines, readers will learn about the people and the industry that makes Walker County special.