In case you’ve forgotten, life in a West Virginia coal camp was never that easy. But it’s what our parents and grandparents and great grand parents lived everyday.
Here miners carry timbering to the Gilliam Coal and Coke Company’s Gilliam Mine in McDowell County.
A family brings home groceries. Notice that all the streets are unpaved, there are no sidewalks, no camp maintenance at this Kingston Pocahontas Coal Mine in McDowell County.
Children at the Kopperston Mine in Wyoming County.
Sitting on the porch in a company house at the Kopperston Mine in Wyoming County.
Men, mostly miners, go to the baseball park in Welch, McDowell County, to watch two mining teams play.
The recreation center in Barrackville, Marion County.
Not a bad looking school house at the Kopperston Mine in Wyoming County.
A worked out coal mine near Pursglove mine No. 4 camp in Scott’s Run, Monongalia County.
This is what Osage, Mon County looked like.
Sunday school at the Warwick Mine in Welch.
The typical house of a miner at the Bradshaw Mine in McDowell County.
A mine in Osage, Mon County.
A sand drying plant of the U.S. Coal and Coke Company at the Gary Mines in McDowell County.
The Osage coal camp in the winter. This was what a camp typically looked like.
A miner’s child digs for coal from mine refuse in Scott’s Run.
A row of houses at the Exeter Mine in Welch, McDowell County.
What a typical outhouse looked like at the Bradshaw Mine in McDowell County.
Another house of a miner at the Bradshaw Mine in McDowell County.