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I enjoy researching West Virginia Coal Towns. Please note that for those people who dispute the veracity of the existence of a town, I am the guy who has crawled through wires, hornet nests, pepper sprayed wild animals, killed snakes, crawled in abandoned facilities and churches and houses, hacked through briars and thorns,dodged the fury of meth addicts, and driven hundreds of miles just to say, I was there. I watched my unincorporated community die on the vine, it is my hope to document these places to the best of my ability.
"This old anvil laughs at many broken hammers." Carl Sandburg
The Original Barnstar
Many thanks for the articles about the unincorporated communities in West Virginia RFD (talk) 20:01, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for all the articles you've created on Kentucky towns. Your work is appreciated, and you make a difference! Rosiestep (talk) 02:05, 22 May 2012 (UTC)
The Bluegrass Barnstar
For your admirable devotion to documenting the existence of the MANY small, unincorporated communities in our beloved Commonwealth on Wikipedia, I present you with the Bluegrass Barnstar, the signature award of WikiProject Kentucky. Acdixon(talk·contribs) 15:32, 22 May 2012 (UTC)
I miss Kentucky, ALOT
The Editor's Barnstar
Congratulations, Coal town guy, you've recently made your 1,000th edit to articles on English Wikipedia!
Thank you for dramatically expanding the encyclopedia's coverage of coal towns in Kentucky and West Virginia. Also, you officially have the most badass user page self-description ever :) Keep up the awesome work! Maryana (WMF) (talk) 22:41, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for what you have done helping out at WikiProject Wisconsin. I enjoy working with you on the List of Wisconsin Counties. I hope you will know that I appreciate you helping out at WP Wisconsin. RFD (talk) 01:31, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
SUPERCALIFRAGALISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS! Congrats on your first Feature!!! Bravo, Bravo!! Keep up the good work! Gtwfan52 (talk) 02:30, 20 February 2013 (UTC)
TEST, THIS IS A PROPOSED DESIGN
The West Virginia Barnstar
A barnstar for your work to significantly improve the content of West Virginia. Thanks for your work to improve Wikipedia's coverage of West Virginia topics.
All-Around Amazing Barnstar
Coal town guy, thank you for going above and beyond, as you always do, in taking the initiative to have Valley, West Virginia added to the Geographic Names Information System. Because of all your dedication and hard work, West Virginia's many communities are now represented, for all to know! -- Caponer (talk) 02:15, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
The Real Life Barnstar
Imagine my surprise when scrolling through my Facebook page today and seeing an article about you, being circulated on Facebook via Wikipedia's Facebook page! You have come a long way, my friend. Keep up the excellent work, and if the hassles get ya down, you can always come scream at me! John from Idegon (talk) 07:01, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
OK, so I love to create articles. If its a small, remote, unusually named place or a coal town, I will try to document it. At current count, I am just over 2,700....:looky here
This does NOT mean that I document any small place in GNIS. It means that I document small places that are of note, meaning they had a post office etc etc. PLEASE keep in mind that just because GNIS does not list the post office, is NOT a de facto 100% balls on accurate statement. There are MANY instances where the place has a post office and it was NOT documented. I am the person, who will hike the woods, who will drive to that forgotten hollow and will talk to former residents and will sit on steps, covered in 50+ years of moss and leaves and say wow, thats what it was
OOOOPS, I also like this and needed/thisfor finding articles with no info boxes or stubs
I love to learn, especially about remote places. I have done extensive volunteer work in the "real world" and enjoy helping where I can. However, the fact that I volunteer does not make me an emotional tampon per se. I detest conflict, and will UNinvolve myself from any editing effort that becomes a source of contention and not cooperation. Additionally, when a disagreement can be concluded with the phrase, "I could eat a can of alphabet soup and shit a better argument", we are finished....honestCoal town guytalk) 15:40, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
This editor registered on March 28, 2012 and till the date of the award, he had 6200 edits, out of which over 3750 were to create new articles. Throughout his stay on Wikipedia, Coal town guy has been a silent contributor. His articles on towns and ghost towns have allowed Wikipedia to serve its purpose as a Gazetteer, and have allowed other editors to expand on them.