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Coal Company Towns

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The chief remnants of Raleigh County's coal company towns lie in the county's southwestern quadrant. The Coal Heritage Trail (WV 16) traverses the region from Beckley southwestward to Wyoming County. Several of the following entries are “off the beaten track,” but highway markers provide directions. Raleigh County had 14,226 coal miners in 1937 and 1,665 in 1990. As those numbers suggest, these once boisterous towns are now but shadows of their former selves.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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