Soddy-Daisy, TN --- The New Soddy Coal company store in 1910. The store was built in 1883. It was owned and operated by Durham Coal and Iron. Closed in 1929. After a hosiery mill operated out of it for a short period a furniture manufacturer started using the building in 1961. On Christmas Eve 1961 some young boys threw a cherry bomb inside the building thru a crack and caught the building on fire. The building was a total loss from the fire.

Grant University, Old Main Building. Built 1895, razed 1917

Federal legislation would give the authority of the railroad and telegraph systems to the U.S. Military. In January 1862, the United States Congress authorized President Abraham Lincoln to seize control of the railroads and telegraph for military use. The operation of any rail lines seized by the military was entrusted to a new War Department agency called the U.S. Military Rail Roads (USMRR). In practice, however, the USMRR restricted its authority to Southern rail lines.

In the small town of Ashland, Pennsylvania, Route 61 takes an unexplained detour; a “Keep Out” sign straddles the original highway. Ignore the warning and you'll arrive in the abandoned town of Centralia, where an underground mine fire has been burning since 1962 when residents accidentally ignited a vein of anthracite coal. Despite efforts stop the fire it still burns today and could burn for 250 years. Some houses still stand but most have been demolished. 'Silent Hill' was based on this t...

Chestnut trees once blanketed the Appalachians before blight decimated them. They accounted for a quarter of all trees in the mountains.

Greenbrier Bunker under the Greenbrier Hotel was built to house the US Congress in the event of a nuclear war.

Crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work. They aren't even standing up.

Chicago fire, 1871. The Chicago Fire was preceded in 1863 by an erysipelas epidemic. Both were signs that the city was growing too fast, and that the alleys and streets were unsafe in terms of public health.

Centralia, PA.

The Blizzard of 1888 - With up to 50 inches of snow dumped across the northeast United States this monster blizzard was aptly dubbed ‘The Great White Hurricane’. Major metropolitan areas like New York faced severe winds of up to 45miles an hour, drifts of more than 50 feet and floods caused when the snow melted.

Mingus Mill, near Cherokee, North Carolina, was built in 1886 by Sion Early for six hundred dollars. It was a custom mill which catered to each customers preference. It was acquired by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in 1930.

Coal Miner

W.T. Grant department store fire at New York's Sixth Avenue and 18th Street in April 1916.

Miner Boy working in a coal mine…

Coal miner killed by falling rocks.

Pullman train cars, the epitome of luxury Palace Cars, Superliners (284 of these), sleeping cars and passenger train cars, 1859-1981

Durham, County Durham, England~Shopping on cobblestone streets between rainshowers

Oldest Church Building in Tennessee. The Sinking Creek Baptist Church building was built in 1783 and remained in use until 1924. They now have a relatively more modern building next door, but keep this one well maintained. It's located on highway TN91 (Old Us321), the older road from Elizabethton to Johnson City in Carter County

Morristown College. For over a hundred years Morristown College in Morristown, TN provided a two-year college education to primarily African-American students. It now stands closed and abandoned.

1952 photo of the Brock Candy Company in Chattanooga. Here chocolate covered cherries, a Valentine's Day favorite, receive the bottom coat of chocolate.

Centralia, Pennsylvania Centralia was once a prosperous mining town, but in 1962 a mine fire broke out, which continues to burn off the coal underground to this day. As a result, its population is 10 as of 2010, making it one of the least-populated municipalities in Pennsylvania.