The Letter by Steve Date (Above) Watch Steve Date's film The Letter.Homer Hickam describes the film this way: "A beautiful story of love and family from my hometown, Coalwood, West Virginia."
Coal mining in West Virginia extends as far back as the late 18th century, when local landowners who discovered coal outcrops on their property opened "coal banks" for nearby residents to access for heating.
Mary Stevenson s most recent work, chronicles--through photographs the history of many of West Virginia s southern coal mining towns. For a time coal was king in West Virginia.
West Virginia is one of two American states formed during the American Civil War (1861–1865), along with Nevada, and is the only state to form by seceding from a Confederate state.
West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training. WEST VIRGINIA COAL MINING FACTS. The West Virginia Mining Industry is critical to the economy and well being of the state and the nation.
Coal . Coal has a long history of use as an energy source. It was the fuel of the industrial revolution and although many other energy sources have replaced some of the applications in which coal was used, it still is an important fuel for electrical generation.
A New York Times Notable Book "An absorbing book that never loses its grip. Barbara Freese is a splendid writer and takes the coal of the whole world into her compass."― ...
Principle Types of Coal Mines: Coal Products: The two drawings above are from the Welch Daily News "1974 11th Coal Edition" which had articles about the West Virginia coal industry.
The history of coal mining goes back thousands of years. It became important in the Industrial Revolution of the 19th and 20th centuries, when it was primarily used to power steam engines, heat buildings and generate electricity.
West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training A Brief History of Coal and Health and Safety Enforcement in West Virginia
A Review of St. Michael's First 100 Years: In 1881, six men accepted the invitation of Mr. Eckley B. Coxe, a coal operator, to come to Pennsylvania to work in the anthracite "hard coal" mines. These men were Slovaks-the firs
History of coal mining in southern Appalachia, and how it radically transformed the region.
West Virginia History OnView (WVHOV) in the West Virginia & Regional History Center's online database that includes over 50,000 images digitized from our rich and diverse collections.