History 430: Theory and Practice

Document Type

Undergraduate Research

Publication Date

Fall 12-15-2010


From the late 1800's continuing through the middle of the 20th century, the tri-state area was a hotbed for the mining industries of materials such as led, zinc, and quarts. Mining camps and boomstowns seemed to pop us over night, and the rust to strike it big seemed to spread faster than wildfire. Through all of this it seemed one of the concerns that least weighed on anyone's minds was concern over the health and general well being of the miners themselves. Diseases such as silicosis and tuberculosis were seen frequently in the miners and often spread to their families. After discovering that this was a rampant problem, I began researching the topic of healthcare around the turn of the 20th century in the tri-state mining camps because I wanted to find out what was being done to protect the miners health and improve their conditions so I could help others understand how the disease was being treated and how future occurrences were being prevented.