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Slab Fork

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1907–1983. Raleigh County 34, 2.6 miles southwest of intersection with WV 16

Slab Fork, established in 1907, was located on the Virginian Railway. Mines here were the first to ship coal on that line. Slab Fork was a Caperton family enterprise, and although the Caperton house, a two-story frame American Foursquare, is gone, a small group of one-story, early-twentieth-century miners' cottages remain. These appealing vernacular houses, clustered around a later post office, continue to be well tended. As Jim Wood related in his 1994 county history, the mine structures have not been so fortunate: “Once mighty Slab Fork … looks like a war zone.… Its formerly busy mine buildings are in shambles,… windows knocked out, cinder block walls cracked and broken,… rusting metal strewn about everywhere,… piles of rotting lumber, a stream full of trash and worn out bits of crumbling metal.”

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Slab Fork", [Slab Fork, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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