Jenkinjones gets its colorful name from pioneer coal baron Jenkin Jones, one of the founders of Pocahontas Fuel Company. This company opened its No. 6 mine here in 1917. Later Consolidation Coal Co. purchased Pocahontas's properties. Consol closed their Jenkinjones No. 4 mine in 1989.


The Jenkinjones coal preparation plant at the end of its useful life. (Circa 1991 WV SHPO image)

Buildings constructed by the Pocahontas Fuel Company. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

This photo shows the sad condition of the Pocahontas Fuel Company store in Jenkinjones, WV. (2002 image courtesy of Jeff)

I think this was the office for the mine. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

This wooden railroad trestle is still in existence. The trestle originally supported the railroad going up to the Jenkinjones tipple, which used to be located at the back of the hollow. (Dec. 2015 image by author)

This was originally the United Mine Workers union hall. Like Jenkinjones, the UMWA has seen better days. (Dec. 2015 image by author)

Great architectural styling on the Jenkinjones Methodist Church. (Dec. 2015 image by author)

These large cinderblock homes are unique among coal camp houses in McDowell County. This sturdy construction, plus the sidewalks, are evident that this was once one of the so called "model" company towns. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

Cinderblock houses can be found in other parts of the Jenkinjones coal camp. This house still sports its original metal roof. Company-built houses on each side of it have been demolished. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

Pocahontas Fuel Co. also provided wood framed houses to its employees at Jenkinjones. These houses still have "coal houses" in front of them. When the company delivered coal to the homes it would be deposited in these "coal houses". This picture shows, again, how nearby company homes have been razed. Many of the remaining houses are unoccupied. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

Once there were continuous rows of houses along the road, but now there are gaps from the demolition of some homes. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

There are also these smaller company houses at Jenkinjones. As you can see, many are gone, leaving gaps in what was once a continuous row of coal camp houses. (Dec. 2015 image by author)

Christmas in Jenkinjones. (Dec. 2015 image by author)

(Dec. 2015 image by author)

In a 1998 article in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph Billie Pennington wrote about living at Jenkinjones in the 1930s: "Living there was good. It was well kept, clean and peaceful. To me, this town was one of the nicest that Pocahontas Fuel owned. I remember our sleigh-riding parties out of No. 8 Harlow. We always had a nice bonfire to warm us. I learned to roller skate on the sidewalks there. We had a theatre that always had good movies for us. There were two nice company stores. At one time, we even had a tennis court. There was a closeness among the residents that has long passed in a lot of towns."



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