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The high-grade bituminous coal mine was first opened about 1889 by the owners of the property, who later sold it to a commercial operator. By 1908 fifty men and fifteen mules were employed. The mine closed in 1953 and had been virtually forgotten when municipal authorities purchased the land for development as a park. The entrance was eventually rediscovered, and once the state mine inspector gave his approval, the mine opened to the public in 1962. Tours in open, battery-powered “man trip” cars, are led by retired miners and offer revealing glimpses into the workaday world of coal miners.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Coal Mine", [Beckley, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-RA8.1.

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