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Coal-mining facility at Thurber, Texas.Thurber, , is a coal-
mining ghost town in located 75 miles west of in
Coal mining operations began in Thurber in 1886 and reached a peak
around 1918-1920, with a population of approximately 8,000 to 10,000.
At the peak, Thurber was one of the largest bituminous coal-mining
towns in Texas. Established as a company town, the mining operations
in Thurber were unionized in 1903 and Thurber became the first
totally closed shop town in the country. By 1920, conversion of
locomotives from coal to oil reduced demand and lowered prices and
miners left the area through the 1920s. By 1935, Thurber was
essentially a ghost town.
Nationwide, there are several thousands of people whose roots go back
to Thurber. Today, you can visit historical landmarks in Thurber such
as The Thurber Cemetery, which has over a thousand graves, the
restored St. Barbara's church, a restored and furnished coal miner's
house, New York Hill, and much more. A historic Thurber smokestack
can clearly be seen from a highway near Thurber. You can also visit
The W.K Gordon Center, a museum containing information on historical
Thurber. You can also visit the historic Smokestack Restaurant.
My Grandson was born at 6:45 February 26th 2 days after my youngest daughter:) I actually missed the birth of Hayden I bought a scratch off ticket and won 5 dollars I never play....On the way to Abilene we still didn't know that he was born they induced her that morning but last heard Cassi needed oxygen and Haydens heartbeat was dropping she was at a 7...As we got halfway there we have to pass the Thurber Cememtary the one that I had adopted a couple years before half buried there are of children in unmarked graves..I started feeling that there were spirits in the truck with us...The energy was incredible scared my boyfriend after about 15 minutes...So I put on the Brookes and Dunn song I believe right at that very minute my daughter called me and said that she had a baby boy 8 pounds 10 ounces and that she had to have a c-section because he was so big...She had no clue that I was almost there...Hayden Cole my grandson (smiles) is a true blessing and when I look at him and his little eyes are trying to adjust I see the light in him and it shines I am so glad that when he starts asking about things and imaginary friends I hope that I have been thru will guide him into whatever his precious life will bring him.... I will spending the next 2 days with my daughter and bonding with my grandson then my work week starts..Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as Cassi is in alot of pain...
Trouble after Thurber Cemetery by Sierra Sky