McDowell County Coal and Rail

McDowell County Coal and Rail

by Jay Chatman

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McDowell County Coal and Rail by Jay Chatman

Coal was discovered in McDowell County, located in the Billion Dollar Coalfield of southern West Virginia, in 1748, but it was not explored or mined until the early 1800s. Mill Creek Coal & Coke Company shipped the first railroad car of coal in March 1883 via the Norfolk & Western Railway. By the early 1900s, hundreds of mining companies dotted the county's landscape. The coal from McDowell County fueled the nation's home heating and steelmaking businesses and both world wars. As the coal industry developed, the local population grew; by 1950, the county had grown from a few hundred people to more than 100,000. The postcard images in this book show early coal mining and how it progressed throughout the years.

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ISBN-13: 9781439646663
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 08/11/2014
Series: Postcard History Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 76 MB
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About the Author

Jay Chatman, a lifelong resident of McDowell County, was born at home in a coal company house owned by the Lake Superior Coal Company in Superior, West Virginia. He is the current McDowell County Historical Society president, Kimball Rotary Club president, and a US Navy veteran. This book features a portion of Chatman's 40-year collection of coal and railroad artifacts.

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