Millions of years ago, hundreds of miles of earth was thrust high into the sky to form the long, winding ridges of Pine Mountain and the rich coalfields of Black Mountain. On the flat land that remained, communities grew to become the culture and history that is Eastern Kentucky. It was Eastern Kentucky that powered the industrial revolution bringing power and steel production to the country through massive coal reserves. Established coal camp settlements still stand to this day as monuments to an industrial past which is key to telling the American story. Companies like US Steel, International Harvester and Ford Motor Company all built coal mining communities in Eastern Kentucky. Not only can you experience these coal communities, but you can also take an underground tour of a once-working coal mine established by US Steel and the many museums and historic landmarks that dot the historically rich mountain communities. Come visit to experience the rich historical past that built America!