Special Stories of Genealogy and Historical Interest
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"Coal and Coke in the Bennett's Valley"
The coal and coke industry was very important in the history of the Bennett's Valley. Many people are not aware of of the
the history of this industry in the Valley. Nor do many people even know what the industry is. But many of our
ancestors worked in the coal mines and the coke ovens.
Some of the coke ovens that still exist ( but are not used) are being targeted to be demolished. Some of these
ovens are in Tyler and Caledonia. It would be a shame to lose these historical features. The Mt Zion Historical
Society is attempting to raise awareness of these issues and would like to see, at least, some of these coke ovens
saved to be used as historical educational sites for visitors and school programs. The MZHS will continue its
efforts to save these coke ovens, and increase the historical understanding of this important industry to the Valley.
Please spread the word and support these efforts as best you can. If you have any stories to share about your
ancestors in the coal mines and coke ovens, please send them
to Mt Zion Historical
See the following links for articles about the coal and coke industries in the Valley: