Postcard History Series

Author: Jay Chatman
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Coal was discovered in McDowell County, located in the Billion Dollar Coalfield of southern West Virginia, in 1748, but it was not explored or mined until the early 1800s. Mill Creek Coal and Coke Company shipped the first railroad car of coal in March 1883 via the Norfolk and Western Railway. By the early 1900s, hundreds of mining companies dotted the county's landscape. The coal from McDowell County fueled the nation's home heating and steelmaking businesses and both world wars. As the coal industry developed, the local population grew; by 1950, the county had grown from a few hundred people to more than 100,000. The postcard images in this book show early coal mining and how it progressed throughout the years.

Southern West Virginia

Author: James E. Casto
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439629609
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Coal was mined in Southern West Virginia even before the state's birth in 1863 but was mostly consumed within a few miles of where it was dug. When the railroads arrived on the scene, they not only provided a means of getting that coal to market, they also brought in trainloads of workers to the sparsely populated region. With the mines generally located in remote, out-of-the-way spots, operators were forced to build housing for those workers and their families, as well as company stores, schools, and churches- everything needed in a small community. Overnight, the nation's demand for coal turned sleepy, little places in Southern West Virginia into boomtowns and helped cities such as Charleston and Huntington grow and prosper as gateways to and from the coalfields.

McDowell County Coal and Rail

Author: Jay Chatman
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 143964666X
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Coal was discovered in McDowell County, located in the Billion Dollar Coalfield of southern West Virginia, in 1748, but it was not explored or mined until the early 1800s. Mill Creek Coal & Coke Company shipped the first railroad car of coal in March 1883 via the Norfolk & Western Railway. By the early 1900s, hundreds of mining companies dotted the county's landscape. The coal from McDowell County fueled the nation's home heating and steelmaking businesses and both world wars. As the coal industry developed, the local population grew; by 1950, the county had grown from a few hundred people to more than 100,000. The postcard images in this book show early coal mining and how it progressed throughout the years.

Bluefield in Vintage Postcards

Author: Mary Margaret Spracher Annett
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738516875
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Nestled at the foot of East River Mountain in the southern tip of West Virginia, Bluefield calls itself "Nature's Air-Conditioned City" and is a place of great cultural, industrial, and natural wealth. The early to mid-1900s were a booming time for the city, thanks to coal mining and the Norfolk and Western Railway. For the many people who lived in or traveled through the region during that era, postcards provided a simple and convenient way to send both personal correspondence and business communications. Today, Bluefield continues to change and evolve but maintains a strong sense of history, with many of its buildings and homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bramwell

Author: Louise Dawson Stoker
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738518268
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Bramwell, "the pride of West Virginia's southern tip," sprang up almost overnight as a result of the 1800s coal-mining boom. It boasted more millionaires per capita than any other town in this country. These vintage photographs tell of devastation by the 1890 flood and the 1910 fire. In 1957, a warm January caused the Bluestone River to cover Main Street and limited transportation to rowboats. Herein, stories unfold of the early days when coal was king and cash flowed as freely as the river. A few old-timers remember watching the bank janitor as he pushed a cart full of money down Main Street to the train station every week. The bank financed Washington's Burning Tree Country Club and the University Women's Club. By the start of World War II, Bramwell's "millionaires" were the students attending Bramwell School. This volume includes photo memories showing how the school and community were joined at heart.

Rocket Boys Roman einer Jugend

Author: Homer Hickam
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 395967726X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Für die einen ist Sputnik nur ein heller Fleck am Himmel. Doch Sonny bedeutet er die Welt. In der tristen Bergarbeiterstadt Coalwood gibt es für ihn nur zwei Möglichkeiten: Entweder er erhält ein Football-Stipendium am College oder er fristet sein Dasein in der Kohlemine seines Vaters. Doch Sonny hat eine Mission: Er will eine Rakete bauen. Gemeinsam mit seinen Freunden wagt er es, seine Zukunft in neue Bahnen zu lenken. Gegen die Angst. Gegen den Willen seines unnahbaren Vaters. Und für die Hoffnungen einer ganzen Stadt. "Wundervoll" The Times "Durch und durch charmant" New York Times "Der Text ist voller Witz, voller Selbstironie, immer erfüllt von Lebensfreude und liebendem Ernst." Die Welt "Homer Hickam erzählt in diesem fantasievollen Roman seine eigene Entwicklung vom Buben zum Nasa-Ingenieur. Es ist der klassische US-Traum - allerdings amüsant, originell und anschaulich aufgeschrieben." Münchner Merkur