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The Isaban coal camp, originally known as Hardy, was built by the Hardy Coal Company in 1923. They turned the operation over to the Isaban Coal Co. in 1934, and they ran it until 1938. In 1940 the mines were reopened by Peter White Coal Co., and this was a successful coal mining operation that lasted until 1958. (Feb. 2012 image by Alan "Cathead" Johnston)


The skeletal remains of a wooden tipple north of Iaeger in McDowell County. (Oct. 2005 image by author)


Litwar coal camp - Little War Creek Coal Co. The mine closed in 1942. (Oct. 2005 image by author)


A freight train passes gondola cars just loaded at the Litwar prep plant, barely visable in the background (not the same mine as the original Litwar mine). (Oct. 2005 image by author)


An ancient photograph taken at Panther, WV showing coal in railroad cars on the left, the company store in the middle, and company houses on the right. Panther was opened by the Panther Coal Co. in 1913. (Image courtesy of others)


An old auger sitting in the woods near Panther, WV. (Image courtesy of Sidney Burke)


Coal company housing owned by the Panther Red Ash Coal Corp. in Panther, McDowell County, WV to house the families of the employees of their Douglas Mine. Panther Red Ash operated this coal mine from 1938 until 1951. (Aug. 1946 image from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)


U.S. Dept. of the Interior photo of Panther originally captioned: " Double row houses; garbage and trash are disposed of in this meager stream of water; there is a well and pump at each end of the row of houses." (Aug. 1946 image from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)


Coal camp at Johnnycake, W.Va. (Circa 1991 WV SHPO image)


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