Beckley Exhibition Mine Portal
|Location||New River Park, Beckley, West Virginia|
|Area||0.3 acres (0.12 ha)|
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|Added to NRHP||March 25, 1988|
The mine opened about 1889 on what had been operated as a drift mine. Commercial development of the drift mine began in 1905 and the first coal was shipped on January 4, 1906. Mine operations ceased in 1953, and the property sold to the City of Beckley.
The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine opened in 1962, as the first historic site wholly dedicated to educating the public about coal mining. It consists of 1,500 feet of restored passageways and entries with 3,000 feet of vintage track. It reopened to the public on April 1, 2008. It is a preserved coal mine that offers daily tours and a history lesson on coal mining in Appalachia.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Lois C. McLean and Rodney S. Collins (February 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Phillips-Sprague Mine" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
- Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine - City of Beckley
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