PROVIDENCE, Ky. (WFIE) - Hundreds of people gathered to watch the last train out of the Dotiki Mine leave the city.
“It’s going to be sad because we’ve always had a train coming through town," says Robin Throgmorton, a resident in Providence. "It’s something that’s going to be sad, it’s something we’re never going to see again.”
The mine had been a large part of this community for decades. Now, it’s closing after 52 years.
“It hurts because that’s where I made my living to support my family," says Neil Rhye, a retired miner. "I was out there for about 30 years.”
Some say their final goodbyes to the train. There were opportunities for some to get up onto the train. And on the train, banners plastered to the side with a ‘thank you’ message to the mine.
“Its a lot of emotions," says Lisa Nance, a longtime worker of the mine. "After almost 40 years, for me, it’s hard to see it end.”
And as the last car, colored in Kentucky Blue, pulls across S. Broadway Street for the last time, people rush to the tracks to take part in an old tradition. Before the train pulled up, some placed coins on the track.
As the train rolls over the top of the coins, they flatten. A memory of the mine they’ll take home with them.
The mine closed on Aug. 16, 2019. Around 200 jobs were lost in the community because of the closure.