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ALGOMA, WV

I'm a little confused about Algoma. According to the WV coal mine database Algoma Coal & Coke Co. began mining in McDowell County in 1897. However, the parent company - Algoma Steel in Canada - didn't begin operation until 1902. Not only was metallurgical coal mined at Algoma, but it was also coked in beehive coke ovens at the site.

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A few coal company houses left at Algoma (Apr. 2014 image by author)


The Algoma company store was constructed in the 1930's to replace an earlier wood-framed store. Later, it housed other coal companies' office, then a clinic. It is now (2014) abandoned and deteriorating. (Mar. 2004 image by author)


Remains of one of Algoma's beehive coke ovens. (Apr. 2014 image by author)


One of several slate dumps still in existence at Algoma. (Apr. 2014 image by author)


Ruins of the Algoma mine or town. (Apr. 2014 image by author)


(Apr. 2014 image by author)


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