I really enjoy your site and check it often. This video is shot beautifully…good find. It reminded me of a musician that you may like. His name is Sam Amidon and he reworks old Appalacian folk songs…really great stuff.
off his current release —>
A beautiful little film and song. A sad American tale. And a ton of incredible lights, fixtures and furniture just screaming to be salvaged.
Beautiful, and sad. Today, mountain top mining, is creating new areas, that will look like this in fifty years.
Bill, you beat me to it. We need to rent a semi, go up there and collect a load of authentic old stuff, and turn it into furniture for yuppie scum.
Not so sad
not so bad
just a time ago
Under the rinse
there is a rise
under the dust
there is memory
of lost eyes.
When the steel
turns to rust
and the winter
begins to blow.
All that which
will begin again
and the rest
will surely know.
Touching tribute to hard working men who toiled, sacrificed their health and time away from loved ones for ” a little lump of coal”.
We need to connect with the Earth one way or another. Hanging in museums & private collections are the torn,stained,mended coats of Japanese fishermen.
Continuous Lean is one of my favorite sites.
Thanks so much,
How can we say progress is happening if this is allowed?
Is this video shot in Centralia, PA? If so, it is within 5 miles of Ashland, PA, the home of Gitman Shirts. Ashland also has a coal mine you can go into on a little train car, 1/2 mile into the ground. I did the coal mine and the Gitman shirt warehouse store in the same morning this summer. It was very interesting on many levels to see how people have adapted in this part of the US.
That is Centralia. Well one scene is. I’m the last scion of that town. I have the dubious honor of being the youngest person to have lived there and we just moved to the top of the mountain opposite the mine fire. I used to give tours to yuppies of the mine fire on a 1960’s single speed red and white bike. It’s 2 miles from Ashland.
My mom worked at Gitman for a decade in the 70’s. The coal region is worth visiting for the food and the Americana which exists cheaply and in abundance. Anthracite mind you. I can;t speak about those bituminous fields…
Thanks for the post. Beautiful video. I love studying and learning about anything to do with Appalachia, unions, etc (Check out ‘Poor but Proud, by Wayne Flynt), but sometimes its best just to walk around and absorb the history.
Beautifully conceived / filmed / produced and published film. The quality of all aspects is truly breath-taking. Well done! Thank you for sharing it with us acontinuouslean.com
This is hauntingly beautiful, though tragic since it represents a former thriving industry.
If you’d like to explore the fallout from a collapsed steel town, I’d RUN to pickup a copy of Philip Meyer’s novel, American Rust. He treats his characters with empathy and grace. It is the best book I’ve read in years. Steinbeck for the 21st century.
I am at a lost for words. Rare that happens. Beautiful. Heart breaking. Made me think of Matewan.
I had no idea Detroit got this bad.
Love the video.
Beautiful song written and sung by Jean Ritchie. If you don’t know it, enjoy!
amazing images. beautiful, haunting and inspiring
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