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Names Of Early Coal Operations – McDowell County – 1950

Remember the names of some of the early coal companies operating in this area? Here are some of them:

  • Elkhorn Coal and Coke Company of Maybeury;
  • Norfolk Coal and Coke Co. of Maybeury;
  • Shamokin Coal and Coke, Maybeury;
  • Lick Branch Coal & Coke, Maybeury;
  • Turkey Gap Coal & Coke, Ennis;
  • Crozer Coal & Coke, Crozer; Houston Coal & Coke, Elkhorn;
  • Upland Coal & Coke, Elkhorn;
  • Powhatan Coal & Coke, Powhatan;
  • Lynchburg Coal & Coke, Kyle;
  • Elkridge Coal & Coke Kyle;
  • Algoma Coal & Coke, Algoma. Gilliam Coal & Coke, Gilliam;
  • Rolfe Coal & Coke, Worth;
  • Arlington Coal & Coke, McDowell;
  • Roanoke Coal & Coke, Jones;
  • Indian Ridge Coal Company, Worth;
  • McDowell Coal & Coke, McDowell;
  • Ashland Coal & Coke, McDowell;
  • Greenbrier Coal & Coke, McDowell;
  • Keystone Coal & Coke, Keystone;
  • Pulaski Iron Company, Eckman;
  • Eureka Coal & Coke, Eckman;
  • Shawnee Coal & Coke, Eckman;
  • Empire Coal & Coke, Landgraff;
  • Peerless Coal & Coke, Vivian (Clausen);
  • Bottom Creek Coal & Coke, Vivian. Charleston Coal & Coke, Welch;
  • Tidewater Coal & Coke, Bottom Creek;
  • Davy Coal Company, Davy;
  • Big Four Coal & Coke, Big four;
  • Big Sandy Coal & Coke, Big Sandy;
  • Cherokee Colliery Company, Cherokee;
  • Vaughan Coal & Coke, Roderfield;
  • Davis-Crockett Coal & Coke, Davy;
  • Tug River Coal & Coke, Marytown;
  • Twin Branch Mining Company, Davy;
  • Short Creek Coal & Coke, Davy;
  • Antler Coal & Coke, Davy;
  • Cletus Coal & Coke, Davy;
  • Black Stone Mining, Davy;
  • United States Coal & Coke, Gary;
  • Maher Coal & Coke, Marytown;
  • Flournoy Colliery Company, Hensley;
  • Hensley Coal Company, Hensley;
  • Mohawk Coal & Coke, Dotson;
  • Oregon Coal & Coke, Welch. Zenith Coal & Coke, Lambert;
  • Page Coal & Coke, Helena Coal Company, Davy;
  • King Coal Company, Vivian;
  • Pocahontas Consolidated Company, Switchback;
  • Cirrus Coal & Coke, Maybeury;
  • Virginia Pocahontas Coal Company, Coalwood;
  • Jewett, Bigelow and Brooks Collieries Company, Marytown and Twin Branch;
  • New River and Pocahontas Consolidated Coal Company (still operating);
  • Jed Coal & Coke, Jed (Havaco);
  • Dry Fork Mining, War;
  • Hall Mining Company, Yukon;
  • Premier Pocahontas Collieries Company, Flanagan (Premier);
  • Pando Coal Company, Davy;
  • Slick Rock Coal Company, Davy;
  • Black Wolfe Coal Company, Davy;
  • Herman Coal Company, War;
  • Pocahontas Domestic Coal Company, War;
  • War Creek Coal Company, Yukon;
  • Solvay Collieries, Big Sandy;
  • Flat Top Coal Mining Company, English;
  • Atlantic Smokeless Coal Company;
  • Fall River Pocahontas Collieries;
  • Fordson Coal Company;
  • Cardiff Pocahontas Coal Company;
  • Central Pocahontas Coal Company;
  • Kingston-Pocahontas Coal Company;
  • Kroll-Litz Coal Company, Inc;
  • Lake Superior Coal Company (still operating);
  • Litz-Smith Pocahontas Coal Company;
  • Vera Pocahontas Coal Company.

Larger coal companies operating in the county today include U.S. Steel Corp.:

  • Gary;
  • Olga Coal Company, Coalwood;
  • Lake Superior Coal Company, Superior; Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, Keystone; Pocahontas Fuel Company, Vivian;
  • New River & Pocahontas Consolidated Coal Company;
  • Island Creek Coal Company, at Bartley, Raysal, and Algoma.
  • Scores of strip and wagon mines are also operating.