Coal camps in Fayette County, West Virginia
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The coal towns, or "coal camps" of Fayette County, West Virginia were situated to exploit the area's rich coal seams. Many of these towns were located in deep ravines that afforded direct access to the coal through the hillsides, allowing mined coal to be dropped or conveyed downhill to railway lines at the valley floor. Many of these encampments were set up as company towns, and when their mines closed, the towns vanished. A few, like Thurmond, West Virginia, have survived in a reduced state. Fayette County covers portions of three coalfields: the New River Coalfield, the Kanawha Coalfield and the Greenbrier Coalfield. Below is a partial list of known coal towns within the three coalfields: the New River Coalfield, the Kanawha Coalfield and the Greenbrier Coalfield. More may be found here
New River Coalfield
- Sharon A. Brown (July 13, 1990). PDF (6.08 MB). National Park Service.
- "Fayette County, West Virginia". National Coal Heritage Area. Coal Heritage Highway Authority. Retrieved 14 March 2012.