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Earlington - 1897

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Earlington - 1897

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Earlington is the coal mining metropolis of the Western Kentucky coal fields. More miners are employed in Hopkins county than in any other county in the State. The miners of Earlington and the majority of the miners in Hopkins county make better wages than any others in the Western Kentucky District. These see no reason for any great complaint, and notwithstanding the mild winter just past, they are comparatively prosperous and happy.
The product of the commericial coal mines of Hopkins county, shipped during 1896, was about one-fourth of the total output of the State, and the sale of this product brought into the county more than $500,000 in cash, the bulk of which was paid to the miners.
As one evidence of the favorable conditions of the majority of coal miners in Hopkins County we desire to state that one company, operating here and elsewhere in this county, which employs from 800 to 1000 men has had no strike in 21 years.
Earlington, the coal mining metropolis of the western field is a peaceable, sober, law-abiding town of over 2,500 inhabitants. It has free public schools for nine months in the year, both white and colored, a Catholic parochial school, numerous churches, two public libraries and reading rooms--one for the white and one for the colored people--a beautiful park on the banks of a splendid artificial lake of 100 acres, well stocked with fish and supplied with pleasure boats. The Hopkins county miner is generally prosperous and happy. (Source: Earlington Bee, Thur, June 24, 1897)

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