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Brushy Mountain: 'End of the Line' Gets New Beginning

In rural Morgan County, Tenn., a plan has developed that will bring economic development, tourism, and sustainability to the area. The Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was decommissioned after 113 years of operation, but new plans for the facility include a moonshine distillery, a brewery, a museum, walking trails and a concert venue. These plans will help preserve the valuable, historic character of this special landmark in the mountains of East Tennessee. Brushy Mountain opened in 1896, in the aftermath of the Coal Creek War, where miners fought the Tennessee Militia to eliminate the use of convict miners by private industry. The prison was built in rural, mountainous Morgan County due to the accessibility of rich coal mines on the prison site and nearby. Inmates worked in these mines, which were operated by the prison, until two of the inmates were killed by a rock slide in a cave in the…Log In to Read Full Article

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