Dark as a Dungeon

Merle Travis’ haunting ode to the dangers of coal mining — “Dark as a Dungeon” — provides a fitting backdrop to this clip compiled from public domain footage from the archives of the Mine Safety and Health Administration along with current footage and photos from my collection and some from Bettman Archives.

This footage will also be featured in an upcoming documentary on the environment and the debate over energy.

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