FRANKLIN, Kan. — At least a century ago, when Belgian immigrant Frank Leroy headed to No. 16 Mine each day to work as a mule skinner, he wouldn’t have dreamed that his lunch bucket and carbide lamp would one day be on display behind glass.
His descendants, the Cukjati family of the Arma-Franklin area, were among the dozens of families who believed his history was worth preserving.
On May 1, that preservation will go public with the opening of the Miners Hall Museum in tiny Franklin, on the site of the coal mining camp’s former union hall.
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