Aug. 2014 image by author

Coal camp houses along Ragland Road near Beckley are left over from Ragland Coal Company's Ragland Mine, which operated from 1920 until 1925. It probably closed because the price of coal crashed at that time due to overproduction. This Ragland, W.Va. is not to be confused with the other Ragland, W.Va. coal camp in Mingo County.

Image courtesy of Walter Caldwell

Vintage picture of the coal tipple that was at Oswald, WV.

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Oswold, W.Va. coal camp.

Image courtesy of WVDEP AML Program

Mine ruins between Price Hill and Oswold - possibly from McKell Coal and Coke Company's Sidney Mine.

February 2002 image by author

What's left of the coal camp of Ames, Fayette County. The residences, built by the Ames Mining Co., are on the plateau and the mine itself was down in the New River Gorge. The last coal production reported by Ames Mining was in 1963.

December 2004 image by author

These concrete piers were the foundations for the Garden Ground tipple, built in 1940 by the New River Company on property they acquired from the McKell Estate. A Sewell seam mine, Garden Ground closed in 1961.

2006 image by author

Part of the Weirwood coal camp near Pax, WV.

October 2006 image by author

The rail depot in Oak Hill, built in 1903 and restored by the White Oak Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society in the early 2000s. It was built by the White Oak Railroad, which was later owned by the Virginian Railway. Thus this is the last Virginian depot in WV.

July 2008 image by author

This railroad trestle at Dothan, on the border of the New River and Kanawha Coalfield, WV illustrates why the Virginian Railway was an engineering masterpiece.

Image courtesy of Rick Burgess

Rick contributed this picture of an old mine fan he found near Ragland Road near Beckley.

Image courtesy of Rick Burgess

An old mine car and rails sitting on the edge of Beckley (near Woodrow Wilson High School).

Image courtesy of Walter Caldwell

Wingrove, WV coal tipple.

Apr. 2015 image by author

Ruins of the Newlyn coal camp. I once had an elderly neighbor who grew up in Newlyn. She told me that her mother used to ask her to walk down to Thurmond to retrieve their mail, and the mother instructed her to turn her head and not look at the beer joints and saloons on the "South Side" of Thurmond.

Chesapeake & Ohio Railway image via Google Books

Incline and tipple at Meadow Fork, WV on Dunloup Creek. Evidently a small coal town accompanied this mine. The current location of Meadow Fork is where the yellow painted line disappears on the road to Thurmond. A few tipple foundations and a really cool wooden trestle that served the mine are all that remains.

Dec. 2013 image by author

Almost no trace remains from the Meadow Fork coal mine or mining camp, but here are the moss-covered railroad ties still at the Meadow Fork tipple siding.

Aug. 2018 image by author

The former Babcock Coal & Coke Company store in Clifftop, W.Va. was built in the 1890s. The coal mined at Clifftop was taken down the Mann's Creek Railroad to Sewell, W.Va. where it was loaded into C&O Railway trains to take it to market.

Aug. 2018 image by author

This house at Landisburg used to be the residence of the Babcock Coal & Coke Company doctor. Apparently he served the lumber camp of Landisburg and the coal camps of Clifftop and Sewell.

Aug. 2018 image by author

A few of the company-built homes remaining at the former lumber camp named Landisburg, W.Va. These houses, probably built by Sewell Lumber Co., were a pretty good grade of house for a West Virginia lumber camp.

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Ancient colorized image of Stonewall, W.Va. on Piney Creek. It was buit by the Stonewall Coal & Coke Co. circa 1902, and was one of the first coal company towns in Raleigh County. Stonewall has vanished now. However vestiges of Stonewall Coal & Coke's Terry coal camp do survive a few miles away from Stonewall.

Sept. 2018 image by author

At the southern edge of the New River Coalfield is this street of coal camp houses in Daniels, WV. The street is even named "Camp Street." Several of them have had substantial additions. They were built by the Very Top Seam Coal Co.in 1917 to house the workers of their Very Top Seam coal mine. The mine transported its coal down their own short line railroad with a Climax locomotive to connect with the end of the C&O branch that went from Raleigh to the Blue Jay and Ritter lumber camps. This Beckley seam coal mine was opened at the height of the World War I coal boom, and like another ephemeral Raleigh County coal camp - Viacova Smokeless Fuel Company's Viacova mine - a small group of homes were quickly constructed, and coal was mined for 5 or 6 years before the mines were exhuasted and/or the coal market collapsed.

Apr. 2020 image by author

Coal train over Dunloop Creek.