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ELVERTON

Elverton is on the "south side" of the New River. The Chapman Coal and Coke Co. built Elverton in 1898. The mine was a drift mine in the 48-inch Sewell seam. Elverton was a full blown town, replete with a company store, a theatre, a pool room, and two schools for the white and black children. Branch Coal and Coke Co. were the final owners of Elverton. The mine closed in 1951, as did the white school. Today, it's difficult to imagine that the handful of foundations at Elverton were once a thriving coal town.


Ancient, smoky, murky picture of the coke ovens at Elverton in blast. (Image source forgotten)


Remains of the company store. (Dec. 2000 image by author)


Foundations of the white school. (Dec. 2000 image by author)


The coke ovens at Elverton were unusual in that they were perpendicular to the mountain side. There are four banks of them, once totalling 58 ovens. (Dec. 2000 image by author)


Detail of the rapidly deteriorating coke ovens. (Dec. 2000 image by author)


Ruins of the tipple. The flat spot was the side track of the railroad. (Dec. 2000 image by author)


You don't know what I had to walk through to get this picture of the headhouse foundations. (Dec. 2000 image by author)


A miner's tag from Elverton. (From a private collection)


(Image courtesy of Walter Caldwell)


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