Today, the “tiny house” movement is leading many people to choose to downsize the space in which they live. Reasons include financial concerns and a desire for increased sustainability. For many, the desire to live more simply is a reaction to more ostentatious lifestyles.

In Louisville and in many other places, small houses and tiny houses were the most typical type of dwelling. Coal miners made so little money that they and their families surely considered themselves fortunate to have a home with a yard, even if that home consisted of only a few hundred square feet of living space. Often, these houses were constructed by the miners themselves during the summers when mines were closed, and most had no running water or indoor bathrooms until the 1950s.

To judge from the popularity of the tiny house movement, it is clear that the simplicity of Louisville’s historic miners’ houses has broad appeal today.

Article by Bridget Bacon, Museum Coordinator

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