Photos, Prints, Drawings John Bowman performing country music with the owner of the Miner's Inn at Eccles

Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Bowman, John
Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Flynn, John
Dates 1996
Location Eccles
Raleigh County
West Virginia
Language English
Subjects Eccles (W. Va.)
Miner's Inn
Public Space
John Bowman performing country music with the owner of the Miner's Inn at Eccles
Contributor Names
Bowman, John (Depicted)
Flynn, John (Depicted)
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
January 31, 1996
Subject Headings
-  Music
-  Winter
-  Public space
-  January
-  Eccles (W. Va.)
-  Miner's Inn
-  Taverns
-  Ethnography
-  Photographs
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Eccles
-  John Bowman no longer makes moonshine, but he assembled an old family still in order to talk with John Flynn, Lyntha Eiler, and I about the history of moonshining on Coal River. John Bowman learned from his brother, "Duck", how to make moonshine in high school, when his father was injured in the mines. As an alternative to entering the mines, making moonshine became a way for Bowman to stay in high school while contributing to the support of the household. Among his best customers were the school bus driver, the high school principal, and a state trooper or two. Bowman's comments on the moonshiner's finely-tuned knowledge of forest species, waterways and water quality, and cove topography may be heard in the audio portion of this collection.
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C072-12
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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