Madisonville, Kentucky (1952).

PARADISE

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From the song “Paradise” by John Prine. “And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County, Down by the Green River where Paradise lay, well I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking, Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away.” This photo was taken in the neighboring county, Hopkins. “Paradise” (1952).

Despite promises to keep jobs in coal country tens of thousands have disappeared in this past year mostly due to the economics involved as a result of fracking. Welcome to Madisonville, Kentucky as it was.