P. Michael Jones presents at John A. Logan Museum

Herrin, though one of the younger towns in southern Illinois, has a controversial and storied history. With the discovery of rich coal fields in the area, Herrin exploded into existence at the dawn of the twentieth century. Businesses, banks, railroads, coal mines, schools, and churches all thrived and brought Herrin’s population to nearly 7,000 by 1910. Fueled by the prosperity of the burgeoning coal industry, other nearby communities sprang to life including Fordville (now Energy), Colp, Chittyville, and Ferges, among others.

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