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Middlesboro, Kentucky: Coal House, Coal Museum

Built in 1926 out of 42 tons of Kentucky's most abundant mineral resource. Probably no more flammable than a house made of wood. The adjacent "Coal Museum" is an outdoor display.

189 N. 20th St., Middlesboro, KY
Downtown. From US Hwy 25E turn west at the stoplight (DQ, KFC) onto Hwy 74/Cumberland Ave. Drive one mile. Turn right onto 20th St. Drive two blocks. You'll see the Coal House on the left, at the southwest corner of 20th St. and Lothbury Ave.
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Coal House.

House Made of Coal

In 1926 over 42 tons of coal were used to build a house now occupied by the Middlesboro Chamber of Commerce. In 1988 a tornado blew away the back of the house; it was replaced with vinyl siding, so perhaps this is only three-quarters of a coal house. If people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, then the Chamber of Commerce probably shouldn't light matches. Next to the Coal House is a nice little outdoor coal mining exhibit.

[John Takao Collier, 12/07/2013]

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