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CANEBRAKE, WV

Canebrake, W.Va. is down the road from the big Berwind coal camp. In fact Canebrake was operated by the same company - New River & Pocahontas Consolidated Coal Co. A March 1910 article in The Coal Trade Journal stated, "The New River & Pocahontas Coal Co., the concern in which are vested the West Virginia interests of the Berwind-White people, has started preliminary work on a new operation at Canebrake, in the Pocahontas field." Like many of the other mines in the area, Canbrake was in the Pocahontas No. 3 seam and served by the Norfolk & Western Railroad. New River & Pocahontas's mines in McDowell County eventually numbered 1 through 11, and Canbrake was No. 3.

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Canebrake coal camp. (Jan. 2017 image by author)


Not sure whether this was the company store, or just an independent store in Canebrake.(May 2012 image by Alan Johnston)


Canebrake tipple remains. (May 2012 image by Alan Johnston)


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