"Gone but not forgotten"

$100,000 approved by Anderson County Commission
to purchase building for Coal Creek Miners' Museum!

The late Mayor Buck Wilson must be smiling down from heaven.  It was several years ago when the great effort to build a Coal  Creek Miner's Museum in Coal Creek began.  The effort continues... 

A standing-room-only crowd from Coal Creek attended the Anderson County Commission meeting to hear impassioned addresses by County Tourism Executive Director Stephanie Wells, Lake City Mayor Tim Sharp, Gordon Cox, and Barry Thacker, justifying the purchase of the Bank of America Building to house the Coal Creek Miners’ Museum.  Stephanie ended her address with the words that Jacob Vowell wrote to his wife in 1902 before suffocating in the Fraterville Mine, “Oh God, for one more breath—Ellen, remember me as long as you live, goodbye Darling.”

Anderson County Commissioners then voted 13 to 1 in favor of purchasing the building.  Photos from tonight can be found below. 

Special thanks to Anderson County Commissioner Tim Isbel for orchestrating the effort over the last few months.

VIEW THE PlanET study for the Musuem!

 

VIEW PDF PAGES OF CONCEPTUAL PLANS
FOR  A FEW OF THE HISTORIC SITES


Tourism Director Stephanie Wells'
impassioned presentation of
the museum's business plan

Third generation Coal Creek (Lake City) citizen
Gordon Cox told the commission that the
Coal Creek Miners' Museum IS the
industrial development for Coal Creek
 

Some of the supporters in the crowd


Lake City Mayor Tim Sharp
supports the museum


Coal Creek President Barry Thacker speaks in support of museum


Some of the supporters
celebrating in the hallway
after the commission votes
13-1 to fund $100,000 for
building purchase


LINKS TO MUSEUM IN THE NEWS:

The Clinton COURIER NEWS:  View PDF

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/aug/20/anderson-county-gives-100000-for-coal-mining/

http://www.wate.com/story/23178263/plans-for-lake-city-museum-move-forward

http://www.oakridger.com/article/20130822/NEWS/130829965

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/14/4409458/sidelined-effort-to-establish.html

http://oakridgetoday.com/2013/08/20/anderson-county-agrees-to-buy-lake-city-bank-building-for-coal-mining-museum/

http://oakridge.wbir.com/news/news/619762-commissioners-vote-buy-bank-turn-it-museum

http://oakridge.wbir.com/news/news/619632-anderson-co-commission-vote-museum-former-bank

http://www.oakridger.com/article/20130822/NEWS/130829965

The Courier News 1 September 2013  -- Selling tourism for the county

Knoxville News Sentinel 8 September 2013 -- Coal Creek Miner's Museum to preserve community's history

 

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