Evidently this was one of the last coal camps to be built in the Pocahontas Coalfield (in 1930). Bishop, in which half the camp is in McDowell County, WV and half is in Tazewell County, Va, was opened by the Pocahontas Fuel Corporation. It was their No. 33 mine, and they mined a 7-foot section of the Pocahontas 3 seam here and Pocahontas 5, too. Later Consol owned the mine.


Bishop, VA - a coal camp constructed by the Pocahontas Fuel Company in 1930. Half of Bishop is in Virginia and half is in West Virginia. (Nov. 2001 image by author)

Since Bishop was one of the last coal company towns to be constructed in West Virginia, evidence of reforms in company housing and "model" company towns are evident. (Image by others)

It is obvious that Bishop was a major mining camp because all of the houses are this large, and the sidewalks are a nice touch, too. (Nov. 2001 image by author)

The remains of the Bishop preparation plant. This was a Chance cone plant built by Fairmont Machinery in 1956. (Nov. 2001 image by author)

Another view of the rusting Bishop coal plant. (Nov. 2001 image by author)

Miscellaneous conveyors and ruins. (Nov. 2001 image by author)

This has been identified as the slope portal to Bishop No. 36 of Jacobs Fork Mains. (Nov. 2001 image by author)

This sign from the Bishop mine is on display at the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine. (Apr. 2005 image by author)

Miners leaving the mantrip at the end of their shift at Bishop. (Aug. 1946 from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)

Although America had entered the Nuclear Age by 1946, blacksmiths still manned their forge at Bishop. (Aug. 1946 from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)

An electric trip motor is being serviced in the Bishop machine shop. Note the shop floor made from wood blocks. (Aug. 1946 from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)

I don't know what it paid, but working in the supply house was probably one of the better jobs at the Bishop mines. (Aug. 1946 from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)

Bill Hall Jr. writes, "I remember these places from years ago. I worked for Consol during college in the early 1980s. One year I was in the lab in Pocahontas and sampled from many of the mines/tipples. Some I don't remember well, as I only worked on that site for a day or so. Others, like Turkey Gap, Crane Creek, etc. I do remember well. Other summers I worked at Bishop in the scale house, Amonate in the scale house, and one summer at Buchanan on the tipple. I actually loaded the very first unit train out of Buchanan in 1984 or 1985. My father was the final superintendent at the Pageton prep plant. They were running truck coal at that time. He also was a shift foreman on the plant at Jenkinjones, and ran a special plant at Jenkinjones that combined coal fines with oil to make coal pellets (oil agglomeration plant) in the 1980s. After Jenkinjones he was at Bishop for a while on the tipple, then Pageton. When Pageton shut down, he was transferred to Amonate and was the tipple superintendent there until he retired in the late 1990s."



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