Highways Are Named In Honor Of Miners

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Harlan County was hit hard with coal mining fatalities between 2005 and 2006.

Nine miners died in nine months.

Many of those happened along Highway 2006 and Highway 38.

Now, the two roads have new names in honor of those men.

Despite the deaths, coal mining has been and will be a way of life for many families in the mountains.

For widows left behind from explosions, roof falls and other coal mining disasters...life takes a 180-degree spin.

Stella Morris, who lost her husband Bud at the end of 2005, landed in the role of an advocate for safer mining laws and making sure no one forgets any fallen miner.

“After my husband had passed away I just wanted to kind of do something in honor of him and all the other men that have lost their lives up here,” Stella Morris said.

A new symbol of honor now stands on Highway 2006 and Highway 38, each road is now named a "Miners Memorial Highway"..

One named for the Tri-Cities and one for Harlan County.

Representative Rick Nelson made sure the change happened.

“Anytime you go in that coal mine you're taking a big chance that you might not come back, so we need to be very careful on both sides, if you're a miner or if you're a coal operator to make sure the miner, when he goes in, he comes back home that evening,” Representative Rick Nelson said.

Stella Morris says it's a good reminder to coal miners driving to work and back home everyday.

Four signs were put up, one on each side of the road for both Highway 2006 and Highway 38.

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