The Freeman and Simmons coal camps were a conglomeration of three separate coal mining operations - Booth-Bowen Coal & Coke Co., Caswell Creek Coal & Coke Co., and Buckeye Coal & Coke Co. Some of the coal was coked in nearby beehive ovens.

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Ancient photo of the Buckeye Coal & Coke Co. mine portals into the Pocahontas No. 6 coal seam.

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Beehive coke ovens along Route 52 that were part of the Buckeye Coal & Coke operation.

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It's hard to believe, but this structure was once a two- story company store operated by Booth-Bowen Coal Co. Sometime after 1999 the upper floor was removed, a gabled roof added, and it was converted into a church. There were two other company stores in the community, but they are gone now.

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Company houses that may have been constructed by the Buckeye Coal & Coke Co. This company had a long, healthy run at coal mining in Freeman from 1897 until 1948.

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The Bluestone River Valley running through Freeman.

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The rear of the Buckeye coal camp houses. A few of the homes have had rooms added, but they were somewhat large for miners' houses to begin with.

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This was the home of coal baron William H. Bowen.

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This part of Freeman was the Booth-Bowen coal camp. Booth-Bowen Coal & Coke closed their last mine in the area down in 1938.

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Small "shotgun" coal company houses built by Booth-Bowen Coal Co. It appears that one resident is a tire hoarder.



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