This coal camp centered around a mine owned by the Leckie Coal Company. In the mid 1960's the Beckley seam ran out. The Flat Top Colliery Co. was running the show by then, and they, like the rest of the Gulf, started mining Pocahontas No. 4. The Meadows Coal Co. also operated there on a lease. I am not sure when the mine closed. Fireco is located in the upper Piney Creek valley.

Fireco Company Store. One older gentleman from this area remembered a few independent "country stores" in the area, but noted that they didn't do nearly as much business as the company stores.

Company built houses for the miners

Company built houses for the foreman

JR emailed in this photo of Fireco back when it was booming. Only a handful of these coal camp houses remain at Fireco. The tipple and incline are in the background.



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