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How hard the life and times for coal miners and their families? Would I have been strong enough to survive it? This is Dillard Eldridge and his children in the kitchen of the twenty year old four room house for which they pay $9 monthly. Kentucky Straight Creek Coal Company, Belva Mine, abandoned after explosion, Four Mile, Bell County, Kentucky. (Wikimedia Commons image – Department of the Interior. Solid Fuels Administration For War. (04/19/1943 – 06/30/1947)

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