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MULLENS

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Mullens was a boom town because the main line of the Virginian ran through it and the railroad decided to put their marshalling yard there. The town, located on the Guyandotte River, is the largest in Wyoming County (which still doesn't have a four-lane road or stop light), and is still called home by many people, but the boom days are definitely over.

Note: Many of these pictures were taken in February 2001, before the flood of July 8, 2001 devastated Mullens.


Downtown Mullens. (Feb. 2001 image by author)


The Hotel Wyoming. (Feb. 2001 image by author)


The Bank of Mullens building now houses an insurance agency. (Feb. 2001 image by author)


The old Virginian locomotive garage. N-S used it for a while, but must have decided that they didn't need a shop in Mullens and Bluefield. It has since been demolished. (Apr. 2007 image by author)


The lower end of the rail yard (called the "Elmore Yard"). (Feb. 2001 image by author)


A residential section of Mullens shows that there was no room to spare when laying the town out in the steep narrow Guyandotte River valley. (Dec. 2014 image by author)


This Coal Miners' Memorial is new since the last time I went through Mullens, W.Va. (Dec. 2014 image by author)


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