Cannel City Union Church

Cannel City Union Church is an abandoned multi-denominational church in Morgan County, Kentucky.

Cannel City was a company town organized by the Kentucky Block Cannel Coal Company in Morgan County in 1905. 2 The company operated briefly between 1906 and 1913, employing 250 miners at its peak. The Eureka Cannel Coal Company, also in Cannel City, employed 25 miners between 1906 until 1907. At its height, Cannel City featured a train depot for the Ohio & Kentucky Railway, several churches, stores, hotels, and banks.

Owing to the depletion of coal in the region and the onset of the Great Depression, the Kentucky Block Cannel Coal Company closed in 1933. 2 The status of the community quickly declined and the railroad was abandoned on November 1. 3 The Cannel City Union Church lasted until 1961 when it closed because of a shrinking congregation. 1



  1. Miller, Robert. “Death of a Church.” Robert Miller Fine Art Photography. N.p., 2001. Web. 27 Aug. 2014. Article.
  2. Lemaster-Applegate, Ann. “Morgan County, Kentucky Coal Camps.” Morgan County, Kentucky Genealogy. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2014. Article.
  3. Sulzer, Elmer G. “Cannel Carrier.” Ghost Railroads of Kentucky. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998. 43-50. Print.

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