Black gold is a familiar phrase. But now a Raleigh County company is giving it new meaning.
Don Blankenship arrived May 12 under a virtual veil of required secrecy.
Because when the coal industry tanks, its brings everything else down with it.
With no jobs, no money and no way to stay, unemployed miners struggle here until they have no choice but to leave.
The word doesn't really mean what you think it does.
Stunning black and white photos from Builder Levy capture life in the West Virginia coal fields from 1968 on.
My grandfather, Paris Mitchem, was a McDowell County coal miner. Born in 1902 and passed in March 1979, these are the documents he left behind.
What life was like everyday for our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
The 1970's weren't the good ole days for everybody. These photos, mostly from the Kanawha Valley, show just how hard life was for those living in poverty here.
West Virginia has always been a peculiar state in the eyes of outsiders. Here things people who aren't mountaineers just don't seem to understand.