Scott's Run: A Chapter in American History

This Museum and History Trail is a project of the nonprofit Scott's Run Park and Recreation, Inc, for the purpose of preserving the legacy and oral history of the coal boom in the nine communities that make up Scott's Run, and to encourage development of the park, gardens, music row, and businesses in the area.

As the mines became unionized, strikes and clashes caused friction and eviction. Explosions and accidents influences community responsibility for survival. Many personal stories attest to happiness unconnected to financial success, lessons from which we can learn a thing or two. Come explore some of this heritage and wisdom in our Museum and Trail which begins in Osage and leads you through the communities of Scott's Run. Nineteen or more ethnic groups resettles the 5-mile creek of Scott's Run when coal seams were discovered just as the country was gearing up for World War I. The legacy is that integration happened in Scott's Run long before the Civil Rights era in US History.

A coal boom and bust after the War was exacerbated by the Great Depression and was well documented by Farm Security Administration photographers and prompted visits by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. As the mines became unionized, strikes and clashes caused friction and eviction. Explosions and accidents influenced community responsibility for survival. Many personal stories attest to happiness unconnected to financial success, lessons from which we can learn a thing or two. Come explore some of this heritage and wisdom in our Museum and Trail which begins in Osage and leads you through the communities of Scott’s Run.