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Pocahontas Fuel Company Store

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c. 1900. North side of U.S. 52
  • Pocahontas Fuel Company Store

One of the oldest company stores in the region and one of the few extant frame examples, this now derelict structure was built by the Norfolk Coal and Coke Company before 1903. It rises two stories above a high stone foundation and is covered with a hipped roof with small gables centering each facade. The footprint is that of a Greek cross, with one-story sections filling three of the corner voids on the first floor. At the fourth corner, a tower with a dormered pyramidal roof rises above the rest of the building. German siding is used on all but the southern wall, which is shingled. The main entrance to the store faced Maybeury, while a secondary elevation faced the railroad platform, a typical arrangement in coal company stores.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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