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National Coal Heritage Area

Image of the National Coal Heritage Area  logoThe cultural geography here has been profoundly influenced over the last 125 years by the pervasive role of the coal mines. The communities in these 11 counties in southern West Virginia reflect their origins as "company towns" formed by local traditions, waves of immigrant workers, and the dominance of the mining companies. Ethnic neighborhoods and the physical infrastructure of the mines are still clearly seen throughout the region.

Authorized Nov. 12, 1996.

Coal Heritage Highway Authority
P.O. Box 5176
Beckley, WV 25801


A Profile of National Coal Heritage Area



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