STOTESBURY

This mining camp is located on Winding Gulf Creek above Tams. It was originally operated by the E.E. White Coal Co. and named for E.T. Stotesbury, who was president of Beaver Coal Co. at the time. Mining was in the Beckley seam. The Koppers Coal Co. took it over in the late 1930s. The Beckley seam was mined out by the 1940s and they switched to the Pocahontas No. 4 seam, operating this mine until 1958. A second era for Storesbury began in the mid 1960s when Eastern Associated Coal rebuilt the mine (but didn't reopen the company store, which closed in the 1950s). This operation, called the Keystone No. 4 mine, mined the Pocahontas No. 3 and No. 4 seams and lasted into the 1980s, being one of the first longwall mines in the area. A third era at Stotesbury began with the old mine being reopened by White Mountain LLC in 2001. They installed a new fan and bathhouse but the mine shut down in 2002, ending 90 years of coal mining in Stotesbury, WV.


This row of company built houses is still extant. (November 2002 photo)


Another section of the Stotesbury mining camp. (November 2002 photo)


Stotesbury is slowly returning to nature. (November 2002 photo)


Old company-built houses at the edge of the camp coming apart. (November 1997 photo)


More Stotesbury abandonment. Most of the homes in the lower end of the coal camp are abandoned. (January 2008 photo)


Stotesbury coal camp becoming engulfed in the woods. (December 2008 photo)


The railroad and the homes were constructed almost a century ago. (April 2007 photo)


The largest remaining home in Stotesbury. (January 2008 photo)


St. John's Baptist Church was for the African-American community in Stotesbury. There is even a modest cemetery behind the church. (November 1997 photo)


After years of neglect the church has fallen into severe disrepair, and will probably collapse in a few years. (January 2008 photo)


The cornerstone on the church has become mostly illegible. (Janurary 2008 photo)


The church for white people in Stotesbury at 6:30 in the morning. (December 2000 photo)


Old cut stone piers going up the mountain, probably for a monitor-car incline. (May 2000 photo)


I found an old portal up on the hill, before the area was reclaimed. (May 2000 photo)


Another picture of the portal taken after the area was reclaimed. It has been identified as an air intake. (January 2004 photo)


The supply house and the original Stotesbury tipple, with the head house up on the hill in the background. (From a private post card collection)


Here is the tipple from the Stotesbury mine with the drift mine into the Beckley seam of coal. All of the coal extraction facilities built over the years have been constructed on this same plot of land. (Courtesy of "Tribute to the Coal Miner," used with permission)


A photograph of Eastern Associated's preparation plant at Stotesbury, built in 1967, shown here probably during the energy boom of the late 1970s. Behind the plant can be seen a really huge silo and the refuse conveyor going up the hill. (Courtesy of "Tribute to the Coal Miner," used with permission)


Part of the burnt slate dump at Stotesbury may be refuse from mining coal nearly a century ago. (January 2004 photo)


Italian immigrants just off the boat in Stotesbury. Actually, I must confess, two of them are my great grandparents, Pietro and Maria DellaMea. Their son, my grandfather, remembered, "At mealtime, they'd put a pitcher of homemade wine on the table," and even the children could partake. Some families had a wine press, but grandpa said that his family stomped grapes into "vino."(1924 photo)


This photograph taken in April 2001 shows White Mountain Mining's Stotesbury operation just before it opened. Three new orange scoops, as well as another piece of underground equipment painted white, are visable. This was just after the California brownouts of 2000-2001 had driven the price of coal up and everyone in coal country was optimistic. I even heard reports of steam coal selling for as much as 55 dollars a ton on the spot market. (April 2001 photo)


A year and a half later, when this picture was taken, the mine had shut down and the company was bankrupt. The ruins of the originial mine can be seen at the top of the reclaimed area. (November 2002 photo)


Still another year later the splashing sounds of the flooded mine could be heard through this fan that White Mountain Mining installed. (January 2004 photo)


Locked steel gates cover the manway slope portal at the Stotesbury mine that had been closed for about 5 years when this photo was taken, hence the weeds growing in the mantrip track. (April 2007 photo)


The hoist for the mantrip (April 2007 photo)


Although the operation had only been closed for about 5 years the local residents have begun piecemeal destruction of the bathhouse. (April 2007 photo)


More vandalism inside the bathhouse.(April 2007 photo)



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