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FILBERT, WV (GARY NO. 9)

Another satellite town of Gary, WV, Filbert is located at the back of the hollow "behind" Ream and Elbert, along Sandlick Creek. Unlike other U.S. Coal and Coke company towns around Gary, Filbert did not contain a beehive coke yard.


These structures remain at the site of the old Gary No. 9 mine. (Apr. 2006 image by author)


This shop building may date back to the US Coal and Coke/US Steel era. (Apr. 2006 image by author)


However, this tipple was probably built after US Steel closed the Filbert mine and leased the property to other mining concerns. (Apr. 2006 image by author)


But, the ruins of the original Filbert tipple, along with a pile of railroad ties left when the track was pulled up, are still in existence. (Apr. 2006 image by author)


This flooded portal is also located at the Filbert coal processing site. (Apr. 2006 image by author)


The Filbert coal camp is claustrophobic because it is near the "back" of the drainage basin, in a v-shaped hollow with little room along the bottom. (Apr. 2006 image by author)


Many of the large company houses built by U.S. Coal and Coke approximately a century ago are still in sturdy condition. (Apr. 2006 image by author)


A new water tank behind vintage company houses, probably built for officials of the coal company. (Apr. 2006 image by author)


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