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Southern WV Coalfields – A Versys Adventure

Byways and backways (a couple of very backways) into the heart of the Flat Top-Pocahontas Coalfield in Mercer and McDowell Counties, WV Mining began in the 1880s and extraction of the high-grade metallurgical coal continued through the energy boom 1970s. A few small mines remain today but since 1990 this coalfield has been in decline and outmigration has robbed the area of 75% of its population.

Ashland, WV, now a tourist destination, is representative of the many mining camps that sprang up around coal mines in the Coalfield's heyday. :cheers:

 

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This one was pretty cool and seemed to go away too quickly, so I thought I would give er a bump so others may find it...

PS. I've heard several covers of "never leave harlan alive" and Darrell Scotts version is by far the best one.
 
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