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CARETTA, WV

This mining town was owned first by The Virginia Pocahontas Coal Co., later by the Carter Coal Co. and the final operators were Consolidation Coal Co. Their No. 254 mine was a slope into the Sewell seam, and No. 261 mine was a shaft down to the War Creek seam.

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The preparation plant was idle on this day. Unfortunately I have heard that it has since been demolished. (Nov. 2001 image by author)


Another view of the prep plant showing the rotary breaker and the skip hoist. This hoist brought coal to the plant to be processed. There was also a "man hoist" which is just a concrete cap over a shaft now. (Feb. 2005 image by author)


Detail of the top of the skip hoist head frame. (Feb. 2005 image by author)


Where the refuse bin discharged into the aerial tramway buggies. (Feb. 2005 image by author)


These dilapidated buildings, which probably included maintenance and electric shops, were next to the tipple. The building with the smokestack coming out of it appears to have been a steam power plant. (Nov. 2001 image by author)


Another photo of the steam plant/tipple complex. (Nov. 1999 image by author)


This was the company store in Caretta. At the time of this photo is was a neighborhood store (Coors beer truck on the left). I think it is probably empty now. (Nov. 2001 image by author)


The lower part of the Caretta mining camp. (Nov. 2001 image by author)


The upper portion of the coal camp. (Nov. 2001 image by author)


These garages were for the miners who owned automobiles. (Nov. 2001 image by author)


Val contributes this 1915 photo and writes, "Must have been a Sunday, too dressed up too work, shoes shined. Elbert E. Newman 23 on left. His brother AJ Newman 33 on the right. Boy in middle Rupert Burton Davis 14, Elbert's brother-in-law all from Carroll Co. VA. Elbert's brother Samuel's body was found on a burning slag pit in 1905 at 'Six' in Carreta, WV. The mines were part of the young men of VA's early days, and for some not their life long profession. These 3 all came from Virginia farming families. All returned to Virginia. Elbert went on to be a carpenter/building contractor, Rupert a wagon builder, and AJ a train engineer." Val credits the photo to Elbert Newman's daughter, Thelma Ardythe Newman.


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