Course detail: "King" Coal in Kansas

The course discusses the discovery of coal in southeast Kansas. We will follow the development of the Missouri River, Fort Scott & Gulf Railroad ushering in sub-surface mining and the development of Crawford and Cherokee counties as the center of "King" Coal in Kansas. We will cover milestones including Pittsburg growing to over 50,000 residents, UMWA membership exceeding 16,000 and the development of Pittsburg as the world's zinc smelting capital, fueled by coal. We will explore the State's national leadership in strip mining and the rising of area tycoons such as Mackie, Clemmons and Spencer before the industry's death in the 1960s.

Instructor Bio: Ken Crockett was born in Pittsburg, Kansas in a second-generation family of coal miners. He was educated at Central Missouri State University (BA degree) and Washburn University of Law (Juris Doctor). He is the author of two books relative to Kansas mining (Missouri Coal Miners Strike and Kenneth and Helen Spencer, Champions of Culture & Commerce In The Sunflower State).

Course Accessibility Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email or call 913-897-8530 at least three weeks before the first day of the event. 

 Session Detail: OC21269O

Schedule: Every week on Tuesday, starting on 04/13/21 and ending on 04/27/21
Times: 01:00pm - 02:30pm
Single Osher Course : $50.00


Thank you for registering for your Osher online course. Within the week you will receive an email from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute that will include your Zoom link and password for the class. You will use the same link and password for each of the three course sessions so please save the email. We encourage you to sign into your meeting prior to the class start date to make sure you are comfortable with the process. If you have issues please contact or 785-864-1373. Zoom Course Participation: An individual registration is required for each person in the home, as zoom links are not to be shared.


Name Additional Resources
Kenneth Crockett

Facility Detail

Zoom Facilitated Sessions
Meets live online

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $5.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 5 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.