West Virginia – Beckley Coal Mine

While we stopped in West Virginia for a few days, we did a day trip to the City of Beckley to visit their Exhibition Coal Mine.  There are 3 parts to this site:  underground coal mine tour;  coal mining museum;  recreated coal camp homes and buildings.  Also on the premises is the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia.  We didn’t visit the Youth Museum.

The underground coal mine tour was a little pricey at $20 per adult.  It lasted about 40 minutes and is lead by a former coal mine worker.  It amazed us that these men would work in a space of 2-3 feet in height and remove over a ton of coal each day.  They had quotas to reach of at least that amount per person per day.

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View into the mine.

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This area had the height increased for the tour. Most men worked on their backs along the seam shown in the back of this “room”

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Miner’s Shanty
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Coal miner monument.
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