The 1941 WPA-sponsored guide to West Virginia described Maybeury as “a mining center [where] rows of houses, monotonously alike, radiate up narrow hollows into the hills.” Over the intervening years, a variety of changes, including room additions, garage conversions, artificial siding, and indoor-outdoor carpeting on front walks and steps, has ensured that these houses are no longer monotonously alike. Lining both sides of U.S. 52, they are (or were) primarily one-story frame bungalows or shotgun houses. Maybeury's tightly built-up core, its setting in a deep mountain valley, and its generally unkempt appearance introduce the Coal Heritage Trail.
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