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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)


Wheelwright mine portals. (2014 image by Lynden Spears via Facebook)


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)



Wheelwright coal miners waiting for the mantrip to take them into the mine. (1940's image from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)



Aerial tramway taking coal refuse to a burning slate dump. (1940's image from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)



Hand loading in what looks like a 42" section of the Wheelwright mine. (1940's image from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)



Working on a Joy loader. (1940's image from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)


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)



Wheelwright residents hanging out in the soda fountain. (1940's image from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)

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