The Coal County Historical and Mining Museum got its beginning from a high school history class project. The group was tasked with finding and classifying remnants of Coal county’s coal boom-days. The result was a variety of mining instruments and tools, models, historic photos and area artifacts. The diverse collection was initially displayed at the high school and later moved to city hall. Eventually the collection found its home at the Coal County Historical and Mining Museum, established by a nonprofit corporation to display these items and pay tribute to Coal County’s rich mining history. Alongside this collection, the museum also holds cemetery records, funeral home records and tax rolls from 1910 to 1930.
For anyone interested in the history of Southeast Oklahoma, this class project turned museum is a fun, unique way to learn.