Pit ponies of the coal mines are easily the most controversial working horses in history.  Here a mining horse posses with his coworkers.  In the 1960s, mechanization eliminated pit ponies altogether.

Pit ponies of the coal mines are easily the most controversial working horses in history. Here a mining horse posses with his coworkers. In the 1960s, mechanization eliminated pit ponies altogether.

{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

Only one of eight collieries in Nottinghamshire is still in operation. What will happen to the region's coal mining heritage?

Only one of eight collieries in Nottinghamshire is still in operation. What will happen to the region's coal mining heritage?

inside a coal mine courtesy of appanoose county historical society 1763x1177 Coal Mine History

inside a coal mine courtesy of appanoose county historical society 1763x1177 Coal Mine History

Coal miners picking out "impurities" before the coal is processes. Before the child labor laws, much of this work was done by boys.

Coal miners picking out "impurities" before the coal is processes. Before the child labor laws, much of this work was done by boys.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER the Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania.  Photo is An unknown Coal Mine in Western PA. (Courtesy of th...

CLICK HERE TO ENTER the Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania. Photo is An unknown Coal Mine in Western PA. (Courtesy of th...

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