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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 Excerpt: ...county along that line, and when, in 1882, the Owensboro branch of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad was completed, more were opened along its tracks. As years rolled on other and larger mines were opened and now the output has placed Muhlenberg at the head of the coal producing counties in Kentucky. In the meantime, coal lands have advanced from $4.00 and $5.00 per acre to $50.00 and $100.00 per acre. In 1900, when commercial mines were still comparatively small, producing about 400,000 tons a year, the population of Muhlenberg was 20,000. In 1910 the output reached almost 3,000,000 tons and the population was 29,000, an increase of 45 per cent over the population of ten years before. Most of this increase was due to mining. During this same period, the increase of population for the United States was 21 per cent and for Kentucky about 7 per cent. Coal mining methods have undergone many changes in recent years. One modern method follows another so rapidly that the methods of a few years previous are soon regarded as out of date. During these rapid changes the early methods--methods in vogue thirty or more years ago--are almost lost sight of, for, like the traditions bearing on the first mines in the county, they are seldom or never referred to and are, as it were, buried in the old dumps. William H. Hoskinson, who all his life long has lived near Mud River Mines, speaking of the methods employed there some forty years ago, says: "Those /who are familiar with none but the present methods of mining coal can not easily realize on how diminutive a scale the old Mud River Mine--or any other old coal mine--was worked. In 1871-72, when my father, Jackson Hoskinson, operated this mine under a contract with Hall & Ryan, he put out more coal than had ...
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