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Drift portal from the Clinchfield Coal Company's Spashdam Mine, near Haysi. (Nov. 2016 image by author)


Coal tipple at Tacoma, Virginia. (Dec. 2008 image by author)


Linden, Virginia coal camp - now eradicated. (Image courtesy of the Rasnick family)


This portal at the base of Black Mountain was probably from the Linden or Laurie mine. (Jan. 2007 image by author)


Most of the original coke ovens in the Big Stone Gap Coalfield are gone. A few were rumored to be still in existence at Keokee, but me and Jack Mac from Big Stone Gap looked for them back in 2008 and only found random stones and bricks. However, the coke ovens pictured here - latter day coke ovens built in the 1940s at Pine Branch - can still be found. They don't look like beehive ovens, but rather rectangular ovens. (Image courtesy of Rhonda Robinson)


Idled coal loading facility near Pennington Gap, Virginia. (Dec. 2008 image by author)


Another former Stonega Coal & Coke company town - Exeter, Virginia. (Image courtesy of the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail)


A Dickenson County scene - a general store with a Clinchfield Railroad trestle in the background. (Nov. 2016 image by author)


The Virginia Iron, Coke, & Coal Co. built the Toms Creek coal camp in 1902. These coal company houses are gone now. (Image courtesy of Pauline Ownes)


A remaining structure from the Toms Creek coal mine. (Virginia Coal Heritage Trail image)


This really isn't an interesting photograph, but the subject is interesting. This houses is one of the last instances of a coal company building a residentail community for its employees. The year was 1952, and the Clinchfield Coal Company built a small housing development south of Pound, Virginia. They called it New Camp. (Nov. 2016 image by author)


Another New Camp house along Route 23. 1952 was a very late date for a coal company to be building company houses. (Nov. 2016 image by author)


Beehive coke ovens at Dorchester, Va. (Image courtesy of Annette Hall Fields)


Ancient photo of a now-vanished Dickenson County coal camp named Steinman. Steinman Coal Corp. opened the mines in 1918. A later operator was Ruth-Elkhorn Coals, Inc. (Image source forgotten)


This idled coal loading facility was probably a casualty of the post-2008 wounding of the Central Appalachian coal industry.(Nov. 2016 image by author)


This loadout is located at the site where Clinchfield Coal Company's Moss No. 1 prep plant used to sit. Red arrow points to a part of the conveyor that was part of the original Moss No. 1 mine. In 1959 Moss No. 1 was the 5th largest producing coal mine in America. (Nov. 2016 image by author)


"Helper" locomotive still sitting around the end of the tracks where Moss No. 1 was located. (Nov. 2016 image by author)


Another view of the latter day loader where the Moss No. 1 plant used to sit. (Nov. 2016 image by author)


Recommended literature:

"Coal Camps, Tipples and Mines" by Ed Wolfe (2005, HEW Enterprises)

"A Guide To Historic Coal Towns of the Big Sandy River Valley" by George D. Torok (2004 University of Tennesee Press) - The title is a misnomer, because there is an entire chapter titled "Harlan County and the Big Stone Gap Coalfields".

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