Sunday in Iowa
This mural is on the back of the Melcher Heritage Coal Mining Museum building in Melcher-Dallas, Iowa. Coal mining in Iowa was active from about 1870 to 1940; commercial mining was started to provide coal for the railroads, and most of the mines were owned by the railroad companies. Many settlements and towns in this area were started by the coal companies.
There are many abandoned coal mines, both strip mines and shaft mines, throughout central and southeastern Iowa, and many early settlers were Welsh and English coal miners and their families recruited from Virginia and Ohio. My husband's grandfathers on both sides were listed in early census records as coal miners.
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