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Boarded up town Boarded up homes abandoned mining town Twin Branch West Virginia owned and closed by Ford after unioniztion attempt Marion Post Wolcott 1938

Walking down Miners Row, Annie and Marie knew they were out of their element.

Gary, West Virginia  Coal Mine Tipple, 1918.

The coal mine in Burruga - I imagined a somewhat old (but not worn) coal mine that was still being actively used.

Coal miners display bombs dropped by the govt of United States on its own citizens during the Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest armed uprising in the US after the Civil War.  For five days in 1921, in Logan County, West Virginia, between 10,000 and 15,000 coal miners confronted an army of 30,000 police and strikebreakers backed by coal operators... The battle ended after approximately one million rounds were fired, and the United States Army intervened by presidential order.

Coal miners display bombs dropped by the govt of United States on its own citizens during the Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest armed uprising in the US after the Civil War.

"Retired Coal Miner Ed Austin with Some of His 20 Children in Fireco, West Virginia, near Beckley. The 64-Year-Old Worked in the Mines From 1925 to 1956. He Receives Black Lung Payments and a United Mine Workers Pension" Taken 04/1974    Love this photo! My grandpa was a coal miner and he lived in Fireco, WV for a while.

Retired Coal Miner Ed Austin with Some of His 20 Children in Fireco, West Virginia, near Beckley. The Worked in the Mines From 1925 to He Receives Black Lung Payments and a United Mine Workers Pension by JACK CORN for the EPA's Documerica series.

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Houses Perched on a Hillside in Logan, West Virginia. Many Homes Are Built on Hilly Ground Because Flat Land in the Valleys Is at a Premium. (My old stompin' grounds.Omar had houses running up the mountain too.

Coal miner, Moses Howard Forrests residence (Leevale, West Virginia) (circa 1940)  by Penn State Special Collections Library via Flickr

Coal miner, Moses Howard Forrests residence (Leevale, West Virginia) (circa 1940) by Penn State Special Collections Library via Flickr

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