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BARRACKVILLE, WV

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These Pennsylvania-style duplex coal camp houses exist in Northern WV because the Barrackville coal company town was built by a Pa. company - Jamison Coal and Coke of Westmoreland County, PA - in 1910. Another part of Barrackville, an incorporated town, was not built by the coal company. The row of garages on the left side of the photo was a not-uncommon feature of coal towns. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


In 1920 Bethlehem Steel purchased the Barrackville coal mine from Jamsion Coal and Coke and rechristened it their No. 41 Mine. They operated it under their Industrial Collieries mining subsidiary, as they did the nearby Idamay coal mine and camp. Pictured here are the remains of the coal mine complex from that mine. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


One of the buildings at the site of the Barrackville mine site - could have been a machine shop, lamp house, bath house, or ??? Like most other mines in the Fairmont Coalfield, Barrackville (No. 41) was in the Pittsburgh seam of coal and was served by the B&O railroad. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


Another structure at the site of the Barrackville mine, infamous for a 1925 explosion where 33 men lost their lives. (Dec. 2007 image by author)

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