Anderson County commissioners approved a plan to preserve part of the county's old mining history. They voted Monday to buy the former Bank of America building in Lake City.

Their goal is to transform the bank into a coal mining museum.

It's a small part of a larger plan. Organizers want museum visitors to read about the coal mining history and then see it first hand when they visit mining sites in Coal Creek.

"I'm glad it's beginning. This can begin our development at the edge of our downtown area. This is the very first building when you're looking into heading downtown. It will continue to help us," said Lake City Mayor Tim Sharp.

Supporters say they hope to have the museum up and running in six to eight months.

Next they'll put a bid in for the building and come up with plans for the museum

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