On Saturday, May 18, 2002, descendants and history buffs gathered at Briceville School to take a tour of several of the historic areas in Coal Creek. It was an unusually cold morning for May. There was a slight mist of rain at the beginning of the tour, but things cleared up and it was a very special tour in memory of the over 200 men and boys who perished in the Fraterville Mine Disaster 100 years ago. Descendants came to Tennessee from as far away as California, Florida, and Pennsylvania to pay homage to their lost family. Some family members met for the first time. Two hundred people went on the tour.
The following is a photo gallery of the tour.
|Tour attendees gather at Briceville School to board the tour buses.|
|Barry Thacker, P.E. heads everyone to the monument in Leach Cemetery.|
|The group gathers around the Miner's Circle, many searching for their family.||Flags were placed at the miners' headstones by the Boy Scouts.|
|Descendants of William Murray gather around his headstone.|
stop was at the Itinerant Miners' cemetery in the back yard of Mr. and Mrs.
Owen Bailey. See one of the field stones marking the grave of
itinerant miner at far right next to tree.
View of group
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