BIG STONE GAP (SOUTHWESTERN VA.) COALFIELD

My vintage U.S.G.S. map of Virginia coalfields calls this the Southwestern Coalfield, but it is probably better known as the Big Stone Gap Coalfield. The coal produced here has been world class, and much of it would be classified as metallurgical bituminous coal. An important company in this field has been Stonega Coke and Coal Company, which was absorbed into Westmoreland Coal Company in the 1960s. Westmoreland went bankrupt and exited the Southwestern Coalfield in 1995. Other companies included Clinchfield Coal Company, Banner Coal Company, and Virginia Iron Coke and Coal Co.

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TOWNS AND MINES:

BONNY BLUE

CLINCHCO

DANTE

DERBY

EXETER

KEOKEE

NEW CAMP

OSAKA

RODA

STONEGA

TOMS CREEK

TRAMMEL

MISC.

SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA COALFIELDS

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