It was the 1950s 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 1950s through the 1980s, Western Kentucky was the epicenter 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 complied an illustrated history of this era with 240 color 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 including Peabody, Green, P&M, Andelex, Brown Badgett, Charlois, AMAX, W.G. Duncan, Arch Minerals, Ayrshire Colleries, Pyramid, and Armstrong.
Also includes a rare look at some of the old draglines that have been re-started and, thanks to 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.