Stearns – Blue Heron was developed in 1937 as a coal mining camp for the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. Join a park ranger on Wednesday, June 15, at 2:30 p.m. (ET) and go back in time to learn what life was like at Blue Heron for a miner and his family. Coal was first discovered in the area in 1902 and ever since has played an important role in developing the nation. It sparked a revolution and sustained a young government through multiple wars. Blue Heron was one of the last mines developed in the area and operated until 1962. It was a remote camp but one of the most modern in its day.
The park ranger will lead a group around the outdoor museum while explaining the museum exhibit’s significance. The program will last approximately 45 minutes. It is free and open to the public. Expect to walk two miles on uneven terrain with a moderate slope. Pets are welcome as long as they are on a leash and well-behaved.
For directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787.