Stotesbury, West Virginia

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Stotesbury
Unincorporated community
Stotesbury is located in West Virginia
Stotesbury
Stotesbury
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°40′54″N 81°17′19″W / 37.68167°N 81.28861°W / 37.68167; -81.28861Coordinates: 37°40′54″N 81°17′19″W / 37.68167°N 81.28861°W / 37.68167; -81.28861
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Raleigh
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 25929
GNIS feature ID 1555722[1]

Stotesbury is an unincorporated community and former coal town in Raleigh County in the U.S. state of West Virginia that flourished during the 1930s. The community was named for Edward T. Stotesbury,[2] then the president of Beaver Coal Company.[3]

Stotesbury was the home of the late eight-term U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.[4] Currently there are only a handful of houses left from the once bustling town.

Stotesbury 2 WV postmark.jpg

Mining[edit]

The Stotesbury mining camp is located in the Winding Gulf Coalfield.[5] It was originally operated by the E.E. White Coal Co. and named for Edward T. Stotesbury, who was president of Beaver Coal Co. at the time. Mining was in the Beckley seam. In the late 1930s, the Koppers Coal Company took over coal mining operations in Stotesbury, which ended in 1958. In the mid-1960s, Eastern Associated Coal rebuilt the mine and operated in Stotesbury until the mid-1980s. White Mountain LLC rebuilt the mine in 2001, but closed it down one year later, in 2002.[6]

Other buildings[edit]

Stotesbury's St. John's Baptist Church has fallen into total ruin and as of 2013, only the foundation stones remain.[7] St. John's Baptist Church was listed as an "Endangered Building" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The owners of the Stotesbury Coal Camp are still affiliated with Beaver Coal Company in 2006.

The Stotesbury Community church is still active[8] The town itself does still have original residential housing.[9]

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