COALFIELDS OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS

A Scrapbook of Appalachian Coal Towns

Online since 2001

as seen in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

and the Charleston Gazette

and the Big Stone Gap Post

"Amazingly thorough, obsessively comprehensive documentation of coal mines and coal mining towns in the Appalachian mountain area. " - Encyclopedia of Forlorn Places.

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EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

EASTERN OHIO

WESTERN MARYLAND

NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA

EASTERN KENTUCKY

EASTERN TENNESSEE

NORTHERN ALABAMA (AND GEORGIA)

THE RUST BELT - COAL'S DESTINATION

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Thanks to all who viewed the exhibit of 25 of my photographs at the National Slovak Society Museum in McMurray; then at the Coal and Coke Heritage Center in Uniontown; and finally at the Windber Coal Heritage Center near Johnstown. The display has ended.

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This is a map I made several years ago allowing a tourist to see much of the Appalachian Coalfield using U.S. Route 119. I don't know if all of the features that I delineated are still in existence, though. But they were at the time.

MAP OF ALL COAL CAMPS - CLICK ON MAP FOR FULL SIZE PDF:

Map of Appalachian Coal Mining Towns

Appalachian coal mining town

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

WINDING GULF COALFIELD

Affinity, Alpoca, Covel, Eccles, Fireco, Glen Rogers,Coal camps Along Winding Gulf Creek: Big Stick, Helen, Hotcoal, Woodbay, and Ury (Cooktown); Itmann, McAlpin, Mead (Vanwood), Mullens, Pemberton, Rhodell, Sabine, Slab Fork, Tralee, Coal camps along Stonecoal Creek: Besoco, East Gulf, Lego, Lillybrook; Stotesbury, Tams, Whitby, Abney, Winding Gulf, Wyco, Glen White, Misc. coal camps: Mead Poca, Stephenson, Sullivan, Abney

NEW RIVER COALFIELD

Ames, Ansted, Beury, Brooklyn, Caperton, Carlisle (Oakwood), Claremont, Cranberry, Derryhale, Elverton, Fayette, Fire Creek, Glen Jean, Greenwood, Harvey, Kaymoor, Kilsyth, Klondyke/Dunloup, Laurel Creek, Layland, Lochgelly, Lookout, Mabscott, MacDonald, Minden, Mount Hope, Nuttalburg, Price Hill, Prince, Prudence, Quinnimont, Raleigh, Scarbro, Sewell, Skelton, Sprague, Stanaford, Stone Cliff, Summerlee, Sun, Red Ash, Rush Run, Terry, Thayer, Thurmond, Turkey Knob, Weirwood, Whipple, Wickham, Winona, and McKendree Road

FLAT TOP-POCAHONTAS COALFIELD

Algoma, Algonquin, Amonate, Arista, Ashland, Bearwallow, Berwind, Bishop, Bradshaw, Bramwell, Canebrake, Capels, Caretta, Carswell, Coalwood, Coopers, Crumpler, Crystal, Cucumber, Dott, Elbert, Elkhorn, Filbert, Freeman, Gary, Gary No. 12 (Anawalt), Giatto, Gilliam, Goodwill, Hemphill, Hiawatha, Jenkinjones, Keystone, Kimball, Kyle, Leckie, Lamar, Landgraff (or Landgraaf), Maitland, Matoaka, Maybeury, McComas, Northfork, Pageton, Piedmont, Powhatan, Ream, Six, Springton, Superor, Switchback, Thorpe, Twin Branch, Upland, Venus, Vivian, Warriormine, Welch, Worth, Yukon

KANAWHA-COAL RIVER COALFIELD

Ameagle, Barrett, Beards Fork, Black Betsy, Boomer, Burnwell, Cameo, Cannelton, Carbondale, Clinton, Clothier, Collinsdale, Decota, Dorothy, Eckman, Eunice, Garrison, Gordon, Harewood, High Coal, Jodie, Kimberly, Kingston, Leewood, Longacre, Mahan, Milburn, Montcoal, Nellis, Orgas, Powellton, Prenter, Raven-Peerless, Red Warrior, Ronda, Rumble, Standard, Stickney, Wharton, Widen, Danville Train Yard, and Catherine Tipple (Muddelty)

GREENBRIER COALFIELD

Anjean, Beelick Knob, Bellburn, Bellwood, Beurytown, Clearco, Crichton, Duo, Humoco, Leslie, Marfrance, Quinwood,

LOGAN COALFIELD

Amherstdale, Coal Mountain, Holden, Kopperston, Dehue, Earling, Emmett, Henlawson, Hutchinson, Latrobe, Lorado, Lundale, Lyburn, Lynco, Mallory, Marianna, Monaville, Omar, Rossmore, Stirrat, Taplin, Wilkinson, Wyoming , and Peach Creek rail yard

WILLIAMSON COALFIELD

Borderland, Chattaroy, Cinderella, East Lynn, Lenore, Litwar, Matewan, Panther, Ragland, Rawl, Red Jacket, Stonecoal, Thacker

NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

FAIRMONT-PHILLIPI COALFIELD

Century, Galloway, Rosemont, Dawmont, Osage, Richard, Cascade, Everttsvile, Dakota, Grant Town, Barrackville, Idamay, Monongah, Four States, Hutchinson, Owings, Pursglove, Jere, Bretz (Elkins Coal & Coke coke ovens), Jamison No. 8 and 9, plus Federal No. 2 and Humphrey No. 7 mine

PANHANDLE COALFIELD

Windsor Heights, Triadelphia, Cliftonville, Virginville (Louise Mine),Shoemaker mine

ELKINS COALFIELD

Norton, Coalton, Harding, Parcoal, Adrian, Red Rock, Burnsville Train Yard

UPPER POTOMAC COALFIELD

Thomas, Coketon, Pierce

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

CONNELLSVILLE COALFIELD

Adelaide, Alverton, Baggaley, Bessemer, Bitner, Calumet, Carpentertown, Coalbrook, Continental No. 2, Collier, Continental No. 3 (Newcomer), Grace, Hecla No. 1 (Southwest), Hope, Humphreys, Leisenring No. 1, Leisenring No. 2 (Bute), Leisenring No. 3 (Monarch), Lemont Furnace, Mammoth, McClure, Morewood, Oliphant Furnace, Oliver, Owensdale, Phillips, Revere, Shoaf, Standard, Tarrs, Trauger, United, Valley, Whitney, Wynn, Youngstown

KLONDIKE COALFIELD

Allison No. 2, Allison, Bobtown, Briar Hill, Braden, Buffington, Burson, Crucible, Crystal, Grindstone, Daiseytown, Edenborn, Filbert, Footedale, Gates, Griffin, Hoover, Isabella, Lambert, Leckrone, Marianna, Mather, Maxwell, Moffitt-Sterling, Nemacolin, Orient, Outcrop, Pittgas, Poland Mine, Ralph, Republic, Richeyville, Rose Mine (Rosedale), Rowes Run, Searights, Shamrock, Star Junction, Thompson No. 1, Thompson No. 2, Tower Hill No. 2, Vestaburg and LaBelle Prep Plant, Vesta No. 6 (Denbo), Williamstown, plus Dillworth, Karen, Emerald, and Robena mines.

PITTSBURGH COALFIELD

Acme Mines (Bentleyville), Arnold City, Atlasburg, Aurora Mine, Avella, Blaine, Catsburg, Cherry Valley, Cokeburg, Coverdale, Curry, Ellsworth, Essen, Francis, Gibson, Hazel Kirk, Hendersonville, Horning, Imperial, Jacob's Creek, Linclon Hill, Manifold, Montour No. 2, Montour No. 4, Montour No. 9, Montour No. 10 (Library), Moon Run, Morris Mine, Muse, Ontario, Palanka (Midland), Pgh. Terminal Mine No. 3, Pricedale, Smithdale, Sqaw Mine, Studa, Van Meter, Van Voorhis, Vesta No. 1, Victory, Waverly, Westland, plus Belle Vernon coke ovens, Mathies and Maple Creek mines.

INDIANA COALFIELD

Aultman, Coal Run, Iselin, McIntyre

IRWIN GAS COALFIELD

Darragh, Edna No. 1, Edna No. 2, Herminie No. 1, Herminie No. 2, Patton, Scab Hill, Slickville, Trees Mills, Wyano, Yukon

WESTMORELAND (OR GREENSBURG) COALFIELD

Bovard, Brenizer, Carbon, Crabtree, Forbes Road, Greenwald, Hannahstown, Haydenville, Luxor, Roseytown, Salemville, Segar

INDIAN CREEK COALFIELD

Indian Head, Melcroft, Romney (Little Squaw), Sagamore (Big Chief)

SOMERSET COALFIELD

Acosta, Boswell, Coleman, Friedens, Gray, Jenners, Quecreek, Reading Mines, Wilson Creek

WINDBER COALFIELD

Baker-Whitely, Beaverdale, Bens Creek, Blough, Cairnbrook, Ehrenfeld, Eureka No. 35 & 36, Eureka No. 37, Eureka No. 40 (Scalp Level), Eureka No. 42, Fiddlers Green, Gahagen, Hollsopple, Jerome, Maple Ridge, Miller Shaft, Portage, Reitz No. 2, Sonman, Shoemaker, St. Michael, Wilbur, Wilmore Heights

BLACK LICK (OR NANTY GLO) COALFIELD

Lucerne, Coy, Waterman, Luciusboro, Vintondale, Heilwood, Mentcle, Colver, Nanty Glo, Revloc

FREEPORT COALFIELD

Bairdford, Barking, Cadogan, Creighton, Curtisville, Harmarville, Harwick, Indianola, Kinlock, Logans Ferry (Springfield Mine), Monarch Mine (Rural Ridge), Moween, Newfield, Pine Run, Renton, Russellton

SHAWMUT COALFIELD

Elbon, Brandy Camp, Toby, Coal Hollow, Dagus Mines

BROAD TOP COALFIELD

Riddlesburg, Robertsdale, Woodvale

BENNETT BRANCH COALFIELD

Byrndale, Tyler

PUNXSUTAWNEY COALFIELD

Adrain, Rossiter, Cascade mine, Helvetia

LIGONIER COALFIELD

Wilpen, Fort Palmer

SNOWSHOE COALFIELD

Peale

MEYERSDALE COALFIELD

Goodtown

CLEARFIELD COALFIELD

MOUNTAIN COALFIELD

Argyle, Bakerton, Bakerton, Barnesboro, Bennington, Emeigh Run, Empire Mine, Glen White, Marsteller, Watkins

SAGAMORE COALFIELD

Sagamore

LOW GRADE DIVISION COALFIELD

Kaylor, Bradys Bend, Oak Ridge

PANHANDLE COALFIELD

WESTERN MARYLAND

LOWER YOUGHIOGHENY COALFIELD

UPPER YOUGHIOGHENY COALFIELD

Crellin

CASSELMAN COALFIELD

POTOMAC COALFIELD

Shallmar, Kitzmiller, Kempton

GEORGES CREEK COALFIELD

National, Barton, Franklin, Barrellville, Gilmore, Eckhart, Borden Shaft, Lonaconing

EASTERN OHIO

PITTSBURGH NO. 8 COALFIELD

Glen Robbins, Providence, Dillonvale, and Silver Spade shovel

AMSTERDAM-SALINEVILLE COALFIELD

Amsterdam, Wolf Run, Bergholz, Jessie Mine, Eagle Mine, Sterling Mine

GOSHEN COALFIELD

CAMBRIDGE COALFIELD

Ava, Trail Run

HOCKING COALFIELD

Glouster, Murray City, Eclipse, Millfield, Hemlock, Congo, Haydenville

JACKSON COALFIELD

Coalton, Wellston

POMEROY COALFIELD

CROOKSVILLE COALFIELD

COSHOCTON COALFIELD

LISBON COALFIELD

SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA

POCAHONTAS COALFIELD

Pocahontas, Boissevain, Bishop, Amonate

CLINCH RIVER COALFIELD

Jewell Ridge, Seaboard, Dante, Red Ash, Premier

BUCHANAN COALFIELD

Keen Mountain, Harman, Jewell Valley, Roseann, and Jewell Coal and Coke coke ovens.

BIG STONE GAP (SOUTHWESTERN) COALFIELD

Blackwood, Bonny Blue, Clinchco, Dante, Derby, Exeter, Keokee, Osaka, Roda, Steinman, Stonega, Tacoma, Toms Creek, Trammell

EASTERN KENTUCKY

ELKHORN COALFIELD

Burdine, Dunham, Estill, Fleming, Garrett, Hemphill, Jenkins, McDowell, McRoberts, Millstone, Price, Seco, Wayland, Wheelwright

THACKER COALFIELD

Aflex, Majestic, Stone, Freeburn

HARLAN COALFIELD

Ages, Benham, Brookside, Chevrolet, Closplint, Coalgood, Grays Knob, Kenvir, Kitts, Lynch, Mary Alice, Mary Helen, Totz, and Loyall train yard

PAINTSVILLE COALFIELD

Van Lear, Auxier, David

KENOVA COALFIELD

Beauty (Himlerville)

HAZARD COALFIELD

CINCINATTI-SOUTHERN COALFIELD

Stearns

EASTERN TENNESSEE

CUMBERLAND GAP COALFIELD

JELLICO COALFIELD

LAFOLLETTE COALFIELD

WARTBURG COALFIELD

ROCKWOOD COALFIELD

SODDY COALFIELD

NORTHERN TENNESSEE COALFIELD

NORTH ALABAMA

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN COALFIELD

SAND MOUNTAIN COALFIELD

WARRIOR COALFIELD

CAHABA COALFIELD

COOSA COALFIELD

RUST BELT

WEST VIRGINIA

Weirton, Follansbee, Wheeling, Ravenswood, Williamstown, Clarksburg, Huntington, Industrial Kanawha Valley (South Charleston, Nitro, Belle, Alloy, etc.)

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh, Carnegie, Neville Island, Braddock, Duquesne, Clairton, Elizabeth, Monongahela, Donora, Monessen, Charleroi, Allenport, Washington, New Kensington, Latrobe, Johnstown, Scottdale, Ambridge, Midland, Canonsburg, Derry, Vandergrift, Sharon, Farrell, Koppell

OHIO

Cleveland, Steubenville, Mingo Junction, Yorkville, Bellaire, Youngstown, Niles, Warren, Huron, Lorain, Fairport Harbor, Akron, Canton, Massillon, Bucyrus, Marion, Columbus, Portsmouth, Cincinnatti, Middletown, Dayton

INDIANA

Kokomo, Muncie, Marion, Anderson, South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, Gary, East Chicago, Fort Wayne, New Castle, Richmond

KENTUCKY

Catlettsburg, Ashland, Covington

Appalachian coal mine
Photo by Russell Tilley

If you would like to visit these mining towns, keep in mind a few things:

1. STAY OFF OF THE PROPERTY OF ACTIVE MINES. THEY ALL HAVE GUARDS WHO WILL RUN YOU OFF. ALSO, IT'S DANGEROUS, SEEING AS HOW YOU PROBABLY WON'T BE WEARING A HARDHAT AND METATARSALS.

2. BE CAREFUL OF TRESPASSING. JUST BECAUSE A MINE IS CLOSED DOESN'T MEAN NO ONE OWNS IT.

3. THE RESIDENTS OF THESE MINING TOWNS MAY NOT APPRECIATE YOUR "INTRUSION." BE PREPARED TO EXPLAIN YOURSELF.

4. THERE AREN'T MANY RESTAURANTS IN COAL TOWNS. EAT AND GAS UP BEFORE YOU GO.

5. SOME ROADS ARE UNSUITABLE FOR LUXURY AUTOMOBILES. A FEW ARE UNSUITABLE FOR ANY AUTOMOBILE. YOUR GPS NAVIGATION WON'T TELL YOU THIS.

6. I WOULD STRONGLY DISCOURAGE ANYONE FROM ENTERING AN ABANDONED DEEP MINE. THE TIMBERS ARE PROBABLY ROTTEN AND THE ROOF WILL PROBABLY FALL ON YOU. IF YOU SURVIVE YOU WILL PROBABLY BE HANDICAPPED FOR LIFE. JEFF WRITES IN TO SUGGEST ANOTHER REASON NOT TO ENTER ABANDONED MINES: BLACKDAMP, A DEADLY LOW OXYGEN CONDITION THAT OCCURS WHEN ORGANIC MATERIAL OXIDIZES IN A RELATIVELY CLOSED CONDITION. THE TIMBERS AND THE REMAINING COAL EAT UP THE AVAILABLE OXYGEN IN CERTAIN CONDITIONS. BESIDES BEING DANGEROUS, THERE'S PROBABLY NOTHING INTERSETING DOWN THERE.

NOTE: I'VE NEVER HAD ANY OF THESE PROBLEMS.

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