We will travel hundreds of miles and use up those hard earned vacation hours to explore places, when we tend to ignore the places to explore in our own backyards.
The Museum of the Coal Industry in Lynnville, Indiana is one such place for me. For years people kept telling me I had to go there. I always said, I will, I will. Because it’s just right there I will do that someday. Then more months would go by before I would even think of it again.
My friend Amber and I were out rambling around on backroads one day and I asked her if she would like to see it. We made the plan, emailed Aja Mason and set it up. We had about 3 hours to spend there.
I did not realize I would need the entire day to see everything I wanted to see and to hear everything I wanted to hear.
I am for sure going back and it won’t be months from now.
If you are interested in coal mine history you must visit there. You might see your Grandpa’s name in a ledger showing what he made and what he owed the company store. You might find your dad’s hard hat hanging on the wall. You might see pictures of your ancestors or old home places that no longer are around. You might see gadgets that open your eyes to how hard the work was for a coal miner in the old days.
Aja knew my interest was in the Muren area and he had this photo for me. It was from an album titled “Bad Hair Days”. And believe me, some of them were!
When you have one of these lovely spring or summer days open and feel like doing something close to home I suggest you check it out.
I bet if you emailed Aja ahead of time and told him when you would be there, who and what you were interested in, he would have something picked out to show you when you got there.
He knows the history of everything there and he can tell a story to go along with it.
It’s well worth the visit.