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In the hills and Cumberland Mountain foothills of Middle and East Tennessee lie Cumberland, Fentress, Overton and Putnam Counties, Tennessee. From these hills came many a coal miner, logger, and railroad man. Though many have come and gone, many still remain today as testament to those who have come before. These people came from towns such as Wilder and Crawford, from the surrounding area, state, country, and from as far away as Europe to build and work in the industries that peaked in our area between 1910 and 1950.
All lives in this area were touched by either coal mining, railroads, or logging. The Upper Cumberlands were rich in natural resources and men such as General John Thomas Wilder saw that wealth along with thousands of other people. Cities sprung up overnight and were slowly taken back by Mother Nature. Prosperity was on hand for several years until a series of Strikes dealt fatal blows to the Union and its members. Violence erupted in the hills and tempers flared along with gunfire. The Great Depression was felt throughout the area and scores of workers were left unemployed.
Journey with us through time as we examine the area, cities, industries, companies, and people that helped make this area the great place it is today. We will meet the men who worked in the mines and rarely saw the light of day, men who logged the virgin hardwood forests, men who built the railroads and operated the trains, and their families. Through 200+ photos and detailed descriptions, learn about the industries and the communities that were influenced by them.
Wilder, Davidson, Waldensia, and Zenith may be gone, but the memories of those towns will live on forever in some people's minds.
120 pages, 8 1/2" x 11"
Harbound with dustjacket
Author: Jason Duke