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Miners' Museum (Lewis House)

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Lewis House
c. 1890. 108 E. Simpson St. (southwest corner of Harrison St.)

This single-story, gable-roofed, L-plan house with a small south addition was originally located at the nearby Gatfield Mine. It is covered in narrow clapboard siding, dressed up by a bay window and turned porch balustrade spindles. It was moved here and placed on a Lyons sandstone foundation around 1910. William E. Lewis, a miner, bought it in 1913, and it remained in his wife's possession until her death in 1975. Since then it has been converted to a museum of coal mining history. The back yard contains an old outhouse and a much rarer sight: a decaying coal shed surrounded by a pile of clinkers.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Thomas J. Noel

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