Southern West Virginia:: Coal Country

Southern West Virginia:: Coal Country

by James E. Castro
     
 

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Coal was mined in Southern West Virginia even before the state's birth in 1863 but was mostly consumed within a few miles of where it was dug. When the railroads arrived on the scene, they not only provided a means of getting that coal to market, they also brought in trainloads of workers to the sparsely populated region. With the mines generally located in remote,… See more details below

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Coal was mined in Southern West Virginia even before the state's birth in 1863 but was mostly consumed within a few miles of where it was dug. When the railroads arrived on the scene, they not only provided a means of getting that coal to market, they also brought in trainloads of workers to the sparsely populated region. With the mines generally located in remote, out-of-the-way spots, operators were forced to build housing for those workers and their families, as well as company stores, schools, and churches- everything needed in a small community. Overnight, the nation's demand for coal turned sleepy, little places in Southern West Virginia into boomtowns and helped cities such as Charleston and Huntington grow and prosper as gateways to and from the coalfields.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439629604
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Series:
Postcard History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
59 MB
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