COALHURST: As it celebrates its 100th birthday, the town of Coalhurst has registered
The latest census shows an increase of 32-people and the town now has a
population of 2,301.
The small town has survived adversity over the years. It had a population of
1,200 in 1935. On December 9th of that year, a mine disaster took the lives of
According to the Town's web site, the mine was closed after the tragedy and
it took the town 40 years to recover: "In the years that followed, businesses and residents left, leaving a
virtual ghost town that was unincorporated reverting to hamlet status. At its
lowest point, only a mere handful of residents remained. Then, in the 1970s,
there was renewed interest in the area as people sought a quiet place to live,
away from the city but close enough to enjoy all the benefits of city life".
Coalhurst was reincorporated in 1979.