America was built on coal.
When you look at the skyscrapers of New York, think coal.
Coal fired the furnaces to forge steel that built the towering buildings and great bridges.
Coal gave us everything: railroads, jobs, industry, canned food, trolleys, roller coasters. You name it.
Coal was easy and cheap.
But mining was dangerous. It provided various ways to die: cave-ins, explosions, suffocation.
And so coal carries a tremendous legacy, especially for mining descendants.