RALEIGH

At one time Raleigh was the second largest town in Raleigh County. The mine and camp were opened in 1909 by the Raleigh Coal and Coke Co. The name brand for their coal, taken from the Beckley Seam, was "Black Knight." According to local historian Jim Wood, a total of 128 miners died in the Raleigh mines. The C&O located their train yard for the area here. Evidently, by the late 1940s Raleigh Coal and Coke realized that their reserves were running out, and they began scouting around the Winding Gulf Coalfield for new areas to develop. Apparently nothing came of it, because the company closed around 1950.


Bird's eye view of Raleigh, WV. (Mar. 2009 image by author)


The Raleigh coal camp back in "the day" (Image courtesy of "Tribute to the Coal Miner Vol. 4," with permission)


Some of the company built houses are still there today. (Nov. 2004 image by author)


Part of the coal camp (Feb. 2001 image by author)


Another part of the coal camp with company-built two-story houses (Oct. 1998 image by author)


Though they are somewhat common in Pennsylvania, these "saltbox" coal camp houses are rare in Raleigh County. (Nov. 2004 image by author)


In contrast to the miner's homes in the "bottom" of Raleigh, this house higher up on the hill belonged to the mine engineer. Typically the homes of the company officials were more elaborate and substantial than the homes the coal companies provided for the miners' families.(Jun. 2005 image by author)


Detail of the foundation on the engineer's house. According to the owner it is original. (Jun. 2005 image by author)


Staircase ascends out of the living room. (Jun. 2005 image by author)


Detail of the parquet floor on the second level of the engineer's house (Jun. 2005 image by author)


Many coal miner's homes didn't have closets. The residents usually owned a wardrobe. But this view of a bedroom in the engineer's house shows a closet (with a more than adequate capacity) and the ornate style of window found thorughout the house. (Jun. 2005 image by author)


The company store as it looks in modern times. (Feb. 2001 image by author)


The company store as it looked in the 1940's. (Image courtesy of "Raleigh County - A Century of Pictures," with permission)


The swastikas on this power station have nothing to do with Nazi Germany, since it was built before World War II. (Feb. 2001 image by author)


It's amazing that the mule stable at Raleigh has survived. (Jun. 2005 image by author)


The door of the mule stable. (Jun. 2005 image by author)


In addition to the coal camp, Raleigh features this small rail yard built by the C&O and now operated by CSX. On the left is the depot and on the right is the coaling tower dating from the era of steam locomotives. The Raleigh train yard was of great significance until the 1980's, as all of the coal that C&O brought out of the Gulf, from the spur through Skelton to Cranberry, and from the branch through Mabscott, Eccles, and on to Maple Meadows mine came through here. Now with most of the operations closed, the yard is of decreased importance. It's current purpose appears to be the base of maintenance operations for the Piney Creek subdivision of CSX, as rail operations are now based out of Quinnimont. (Jun. 2005 image by author)


The historic depot at the Raleigh train yard (Jun. 2005 image by author)


End view of the depot (Jun. 2005 image by author)


Detail of door to the yardmaster's office (Jun. 2005 image by author)


The coaling tower held many tons of fuel for the steam engines that powered C&O trains until the 1950's. (Jun. 2005 image by author)


CSX stockpile of spare parts in the Raleigh yard. (Jun. 2005 image by author)


Supply warehouse in the Raleigh yard (Jun. 2005 image by author)


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