Kentucky History - Coal

Around April 13, 1750 Dr. Thomas Walker was the first recorded person to discover and use coal in Kentucky.  In 1820 the first commercial mine, known as the "McLean drift bank" opened in Kentucky, near the Green River and Paradise in Muhlenberg County; and we have been mining coal ever since.

Coal has been used in Kentucky for over 250 years and probably longer if you count the native American Indians.  The Kentucky Coal Heritage section is just a small part of the Kentucky Coal Education site,  here you will find information related to and about Kentucky Coal through pictures, articles, and other various sources as we dig up the past.

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