Coal Mining Around Madisonville

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The first coal known to have been burned in Hopkins County was from a barrel brought from Pennsylvania.  This was in a grate in the Weir and Wilkins store on East Center Street across from the north entrance of the courthouse.

In 1838, the state legislature commissioned William Williams Mather, Ohio State Geologist, to conduct a Reconnaissance Survey of Kentucky’s minerals.  Mather’s survey was amazingly accurate with the minimum amount of information available.  Mather delineated both the Eastern and Western coal fields.

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The Civil War In Madisonville

When the Civil War began in 1861, Kentucky was one of four border slave states that did not join the Confederate States of America (Maryland, Delaware, and Missouri were the others).  The Kentucky legislature passed a resolution of neutrality in May 1861, which was approved by Governor Beriah Magoffin.  President Abraham Lincoln of the Union and President Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy, both native-born Kentuckians, asked Governor Magoffin to contribute troops to their cause, but the Governor refused both requests.

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Education, Recreational and Social Life

In tracing the history of any community, one has to look at how and where people, including their children, spend their time not at work.  Considering the fact that approximately 25 percent of Madisonville’s population typically are involved in school, either being in the form of a student or an educator, the educational history of any community is important.

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Derby Day in Madisonville

Community events like our annual Soapbox Derby Race is a lot of fun for the entire community and showcases how innovative our youth can be while bringing in members from other communities to experience the beauty of Madisonville.

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Go Team Go!

We've got team spirit!  Our community has a great tradition of youth athletics and everyone gets involved and supports our teams.  Go Team Go!

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