History 430: Theory and Practice

Document Type

Undergraduate Research

Publication Date

Fall 11-19-2009


The ability of coal miners in Cherokee and Crawford County to travel was aided greatly by the creation and implementation of rail travel in both counties at the end of the 19th century. The availability and creation of these methods of travel became necessary and affordable for mining in both regions. As the wages of the miners increased the greater luxuries in life became available to them. This would allow for the creation of rail lines, trolleys and cars that enabled a larger majority of people to travel short and long distances. The invention of these modes of travel gave way to increased trips and daily commuting even on a less than desirable salary. The coal miner's ability to sustain jobs created a need for better methods of transportation in both Cherokee and Crawford County.