Billion Dollar Coalfield is the story of the industrialization of West Virginia's McDowell County
as the quest for coal built 106 of the 125 McDowell County communities. The book tells the story of the communities, the coal
industry and the railroad, as it traces the sweet and bitter fruits of a coal mining economy from the first shipment of coal
in 1888 to the demise of the last of the pioneering coal operations in 1988. Billion Dollar
Coalfield shows how coal mining grew the population from 3,000 in 1888 to nearly 100,000 in 1950 and dropped it to
35,000 by 1990.