TYPICAL SOUTHERN WV COAL MINING COMMUNITY

Red Hollow coal mining community near Crane Creek & McComas, WV

( Photo furnished by Dizzy Harris, BHS Class '56)

The houses in this coal mining community are typical of most houses built in these communities throughout southern West Virginia during the late 1800s and early 1900s. These community houses looked so much like the houses on the hill across from the Buckeye Coal Tipple near Freeman, WV. The photograph was made around 1900.

These houses had floorspace of about 600 sq. ft. and routinely had 4 rooms. They normally had small front and back porches and often long steep steps were used to get from the house to the road. Each house would have it's own out-house. The condition of the road in this picture is typically and was used for horse drawn wagons.

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