Mining has historically been tied closely
with the economy
of Bell County.
Therefore, mining is prominent in our
The Middlesboro crater may be the only city with a
coal mine in the bounds of a crater.
The chronicle of Glacier
Girl is now recorded and
The Bell County Historical Museum
In 1942 the B-17 bomber and P-38
fighter were the most significant war planes of WWII. It was the
P-38 that shot down the first German aircraft of that war.
The last operation for this
plane was on July 15, 1942 with a group of six fighters and
bombers which flew from a base on the west
coast of Greenland. Near Iceland they encountered a massive North
Atlantic storm and
attempted to fly higher to go over the storm, but still accumulated
ice and as a result of the weight, were forced to turn back. .
This planes crash landed in the harsh environment, on the glacial
wilderness of Greenland. The crews were rescued from the glacier,
but the warplanes were left behind There they stayed for more than 50 years, the
ice cap growing around and above them, until they were eventually covered
by a 286 foot ice cap.
privileged to have "Glacier Girl" Museum right here at the
Middlesboro Airport for a number of years, and to see the plane
occasionally fly over the city.
The memory of Glacier Girl
will remain with the people of Middlesboro and Bell County.
The Iron Horse - Railcar of Yesteryear
and the railcars behind it.
Engine, Coal Car, Boxcar, Flatcar,,
Passenger Car, Pullman, Freight car, Tanker, Caboose
The Football Career
Clyde (Ig) Fuson
Herschel (Ug) Fuson