This mining town was owned first by The Virginia Pocahontas Coal Co., later by the Carter Coal Co. and then 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. Finally Caretta was an Olga Coal Company operation, who finally closed the Caretta coal mines in 1982. However, in the 21st Century there was a somewhat small truck mine coal loader at the lower end of Caretta. And, around 2015, a completely new prep plant replaced the old one, which kind of made me sad.


The preparation plant was idle on this day. Unfortunately 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 once part of an air shaft / fan house. (Jan. 2017 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), which is no longer the case. (Nov. 2001 image by author)

View of Caretta from a long time ago. (Image courtesy of Coalwood Historical Society)

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)

Another row of coal camp garages at the upper end of Caretta. I guess one individual person owns these now. (Jan. 2017 image by author)

Perhaps this was a boarding house. (Jan. 2017 image by author)

Larger coal company houses simalar to those on the other side of the mountain at Coalwood. (Jan. 2017 image by author)

This would have been considered a "model" company town. (Jan. 2017 image by author)

Another part of Caretta contains these houses. (Jan. 2017 image by author)

A new prep plant replaced the old one at Caretta. On this day, however, it looked idle. (Jan. 2017 image by author)

A little church with a big handicap ramp. (Jan. 2017 image by author)

My son and I found all of this old coal mining equipment discarded at the edge of Caretta. (Feb. 2018 image by author)

An underground mining shuttle car. (Feb. 2018 image by author)

Look like parts out of a prep plant. (Feb. 2018 image by author)

Wire rope winch. (Feb. 2018 image by author)



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