ELKHORN COAL FIELD



These company houses at Fleming, KY have been nicely preserved. (Image by others)


Coal miner at Kona, KY. Elkhorn Coal Company opened the Kona mines and coal camp around 1913. (Image source lost)


Former Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad trestle over Russel Fork with an old Addington Brothers prep plant in the background. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Last few remaining coal camp houses at Henry Clay, on Marrowbone Creek. (Image by others)


Company houses built on the hillside in 1912 by the Elkhorn Fuel Company in Garrett, KY. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Coal camp housing in Estill, KY. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Defunct United Mine Workers union hall, Estill, KY. It has also been suggested that this building was once the company store. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


The former miners' housing in Wayland is similar to the homes that Elkhorn Coal Corporation built down the creek at Estill. Nearly one hundred years after the houses were constructed they continue to be in sturdy condition. However, after many alterations, such as carports, porches, and siding that people have made to the homes, they bear little resemblance to their coal camp origins. The Wayland mines closed in 1954. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Bosses Row in Wayland. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Abandoned Wayland tipple before it was torn down. (1970's image courtesy of Cheryl Mustard-Mitchell)


Abandoned theater in Drift, KY, where the mines have closed and most of the coal camp has been torn down. Although ruined, imposing and majestic structures remaining in old coal towns are indicative of the wealth that once could be found (at least for the coal barons) in Appalachia. It also shows how some mine owners attempted to provide nice facilities to make coal camp life more pleasant for their employees and their families. Beaver Coal & Mining Company was the most well known operator of the Drift mines, but there were other smaller mines (Floyd-Elkhorn Consolidated Collieries, Turner-Elkhorn Coal Company, etc.) as well. (Image by othes)


Idled coal tipple near McDowell, KY. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Headhouse of the idled tipple near McDowell, KY. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Coal miners at the end of their shift waiting for the mantrip to pick them up and take them back outside at Wheelwright. (Circa 1940 American Mining Congress image)


Company houses built by the Elkhorn Coal Company, probably around 1916, in Wheelwright, KY. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


In 1930 the Inland Steel Company of East Chicago, Indiana purchased the Wheelwright mines and coal camp. Here are some of the remaining buildings that Inland Steel Co. either constructed or remodled in 1941. They are in the center of Wheelwright. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


One of the buildings at Wheelwright, pictured here, was once the clubhouse. The current owner has allowed this unique and historic structure to fall into ruin. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Steps running up the hill in the heart of the Wheelwright coal camp. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


When the coal reserves of the Wheelwright mines became depleted Inland Steel developed a new coal mine a few miles away in Price, KY in 1951. The mine closed in 1991, but these remnants of the coal processing complex remain. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Most of the preparation plant at Price, KY has been demolished, but this small portion of it, along with the refuse conveyor running up the mountain, are still in existence. (Nov. 2006 image by author)



The former offices of the Inland Steel Price Mine. In 1965 Inland Steel sold their Wheelwright-Price properties to Island Creek Coal Co. (Nov. 2006 image by author)


Thankfully, the South East Coal Company store in Seco, Letcher County, KY has been restored. The Seco mines operated from 1915 to 1957. (Image courtesy of bottleredhead)


Extant "shot gun" company housing at Seco, KY. (Image courtesy of Mick Vest)


A picture of Seco coal camp houses and company store taken when the town was young. (Circa 1925 The Coal Trade Bulletin image via Google Books)


Another Coal camp built by the South East Coal Company at Millstone, KY. There is a very attractive and historic looking church to the left of these homes, but unfortunately most of it is not in the picture. (Image courtesy of Mick Vest)


Sadly, this South East Coal Company store at Millstone, KY did not fare as well as the one at Seco. This store has been demolished. (Image by others)


This coal camp, probably in the McRoberts area, looks dreary in this "War On Poverty" era photo. (1964 image by John Dominis)


Coal company housing at McRoberts, KY. Consolidation Coal Co. built hundreds of these in the Jenkins-McRoberts area. (Image courtesy of Conspiracy of Happiness)


Coal country wash day in McRoberts, KY. (Image by others)


There are also these smaller one story company houses at McRoberts. (Image by others)


Coal mining continues to the present day in the Elkhorn Coalfield. This is one of the entries into Arch's Bandmill II Mine (Image courtesy of Douglas Foreback)

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