Beckley, WV - Exhibition Coal Mine Superintendent's House Interior
Interior of the mine superintendent's house in one of the recreated "coal camp" buildings at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. Below ground is a restored mine once operated by the Phillips Family in the late 1800s and now owned by the City of Beckley, West Virginia, in the city's New RiverPark. A coal camp was an entire, sometimes temporary, "company town" owned by the miners' employer. Sometimes the workers lived there, in tiny "miners' shanties," during the work week only and returned to their families elsewhere on weekends. The park also includes a youth museum and a "mountain homestead." Photo by Carol Highsmith.
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