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By the time it was finished in 1925, Lynch was set apart from other company-built and owned coal mining towns of the era.It had a hospital, a commissary they called 'the Big Store', three schools, a firehouse, two churches and a five-story hotel with 108 bedrooms.Cumberland had shops and supply stores and Benham was another coal mining town owned by International Harvester.The railroad only went to the edge of Lynch and the rail company refused to build through town.Around the same time there were fewer than 100 independently incorporated towns, according to Eller.These towns were built to be cost-effective, efficient and able to house a large workforce, so few towns had amenities or quality sanitation.Unlike coal mining in other areas of the country, the area was less developed with smaller villages and fewer roads.
So they put the spur in themselves.'At the time, that rail line was the only form of transportation into and out of Lynch other than foot or horseback.The men who built Lynch essentially lived on a construction site, sleeping in bunk houses and eating from one of 25 company kitchens until they built the majority of the town by late 1920. US Steel bought 19,000 acres of wilderness near Looney Creek, pictured left in 1917, for their coal mining town. Pictured right is Lynch Road under construction on October 20, 1920 It took eight years to complete Lynch, from 1917 to 1925, though the majority of the town was built by 1920.These two images show how quickly Lynch developed from a flattened wilderness, left on December 1, 1918, into a thriving town with more houses and a hospital, right on September 1, 1920 US Steel, through the subsidiary, US Coal and Coke Company, built Lynch to meet the demands of the coal boom.The town is just kind of going to waste.’ Lynch, Kentucky, pictured on March 1, 1920, was built by the United States Steel Corporation from 1917 to 1925.Lynch had good infrastructure and amenities and became known as the 'Cadillac' of coal mining towns US Steel was invested in Lynch, even to the point of offering college engineering scholarships to Lynch students, as long as they would come back and work for the company for a certain number of years after they graduated.