“The history of a lump of coal in a Christmas stocking is nothing more than being left off of the toy list as a result of bad behavior.”


For hundreds of years in many countries had the legends of bad boys & girls receiving a lump of coal for Christmas. If you have some on your naughty list, you’re in the right place, sort of.

While there are a number of places to get coal here in the Cowboy State, no one really wants to sell a single “lump of coal.”

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I found some coal at Murdoch’s where they will sell you a 70lbs bag of coal for $20, which will likely leave you with some 69 pounds left over.

Instead, I suggest you get a bag of candy that looks like miniature coal for $1.49. “Being Naughty Never Tasted So Nice!”

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Now you just need to decide who on your lists of naughty and nice gets which present.


55 million years ago, Wyoming was covered with swamps full of peat. That has turned to coal, which is good news for those who have people on their naughty list for Christmas.


“Wyoming has been the leading coal-producing state in the United States since 1986; in fact, more coal is produced from the 16 coal mines in Wyoming than from all of the mines in the next seven leading coal-producing states combined.”

Coal's recent past.

and possible future?