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CAPELS, WV

Capels was operated by Central Pocahontas Coal Co. and later Semet-Solvay, which also operated coal mines at Kingston and Harewood, WV. Apparently the mine operated into the 1980s.


As this photo of the Capels coal camps illustrates, there is no place in McDowell County that someone won't put a house. (Feb. 2005 image by author)


This style of two family duplex house is exclusive to the Capels coal camp. (Feb. 2005 image by author)


Just enough room for a row of company houses. (Feb. 2005 image by author)


Historic coal mine sign defaced by sharpshooters. (Feb. 2005 image by author)


This mine office and shop building, along with part of the slate dump, were the only remanants of the Capels coal mine. The structure was demolished when a landfill was constructed in Shannon Branch Hollow. (Feb. 2005 image by author)


A remining of the Capels slate dump (seen in the background) between 2005 and 2010 writes the final chapter of coal mining in Capels, WV. (Image by others)


Farther up Shannon Branch Hollow, past all of the old slate dumps, was an independent section of Capels where people did not live in company houses. When a new landfill was being constructed here in 2004-2005 the remaining people up this hollow were bought out and asked to leave. Now some of the old abandoned homesteads can still be found along Shannon Branch, like the one pictured here. (Oct. 2008 image by author)


Another abandoned house in the "independent" section of Capels. (Oct. 2008 image by author)


This abandoned structre in Shannon Branch Hollow at Capels was, sadly, built for rooster, dog, and bobcat fighting. Inside the building are seats where the spectators would view these barbaric events. Also, some of the wooden holding pens for the animals are still there. (Oct. 2008 image by author)


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