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West Virginia's New River Gorge

Coal Mining

For half-a-century, the vast New River Coalfield fueled the Industrial Revolution that transformed the United States into an industrial giant. Remnants of the once thriving industry exist as historic sites within the New River Gorge National River, but can be found unprotected throughout the adjoining Flat Top-Pocahontas and Winding Gulf coalfields.

Mining Towns of the Gorge

More the 60 coal mining towns once flourished in the New River Gorge where thousands of persons lived and worked. Today virtually all are ghost towns, abandoned to the forces of nature. Our interactive map shows the location of the historic mining towns of the gorge and provides links to the history of each coal camp, along with the history of the coal mining companies and railroad lines that sprang up deep within the New River Gorge during the decade following the American Civil War.

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New River Gorge Coal Heritage
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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

Visitors to The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, WV can take an underground tour of a real coal mine, browse a coal mining museum, tour authentic coal camp homes and structures, and browse the site's craft and souvenir shop. Visit the official Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine site and plan a visit to West Virginia's most complete display of coal mining history!

Historic Mount Hope, WV

A history of Mount Hope, the Fayette County plateau community where during the early-1900's, over two-dozen coal mining companies maintained offices. This Web site features many photos from the early mining operations, tipples, and company stores, plus brief historical sketches of the New River Company and the McKell Coal & Coke Company.

The Little Brick House Gift Shop
1818 Harper Road, Beckley, WV 25801 - Tel: 304-753-7242

The Little Brick House Gift Shop, off I-77 exit 44 near Tamarack and the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, is among the region's largest providers of West Virginia historical books, coal mining books, local history publications and Appalachian crafts. Our most popular collectibles include coal figurines, coal jewelry, Fenton glass, West Virginia handcrafts, and series by Dickens Village, Precious Moments, Tom Clark Gnomes, and local landmarks by Cat's Meow Villages. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Our Mountain State Miniature Golf Course -- the region's best miniature golf -- is located behind our shop and is open from late spring until mid-August. We also have a rock-climbing wall for teens

West Virginia e-Postcards: Coal Mining Photos

WV ePostcards features several sections of photos of the early-1900's devoted to the coal mining operations, company stores, and "company towns" of the New River coal field.

Kaymoor Mine
A very brief history sketch of the Kaymoor Mines, once operating in the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, WV.

Visit the New River Gorge Photo GalleryNew River Gorge Photos

Take a photo excursion to picturesque places and explore exciting things to do in the New River Gorge region. Discover the towns of the New River Highlands and explore the ghost towns of the New River Gorge. Meet the famous people who've influenced the area. Examine the area's rich industrial heritage and revisit a time when the railroads, coal mines and company stores blanketed the coal fields of Southern West Virginia.

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