Benham, Kentucky is a small town located along Highway 160 in the heart of coal mining territory. The history of Benham dates back to the late 19th Century when coal mining was the primary source of revenue for the area. By 1911, greater than 400 ovens in Benham were coking coal for South Chicago Steel Works, and the L&N Railroad Depot was transporting it out by the train carload. The small town was built in a circular pattern with the primary town buildings nestled alongside one another. Here, the community became more of a family as they attended church, dined, attended school, and managed medical care together. Much of the history of the area remains in Benham today including the CSX caboose and the original water source dating back to the town's creation. Though still largely rural, Benham is only a few miles west of Cumberland, which offers more modern day amenities and access to major thoroughfares.