An Encyclopedic-Like Narrative of Coal Mining and the Norfolk & Western Railway in West Virginia



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.

Filled with 515 photographs, 100 maps and 47 company letterheads, the 640 pages of Billion Dollar Coalfield describes how the communities and the coal operations made McDowell County the leading coal producing county in West Virginia. The story is told by following the tracks of the Norfolk & Western along the main line and branch lines that served the coalfield.
West Virginia's cultural magazine "Goldenseal" noted ... "Coming on the heels of two equally impressive books - Coalwood and Gary Hollow - Billion Dollar Coalfield completes a historical trilogy about McDowell County, unequaled in the literature of the state."


Billion Dollar Coalfield is a hard cover book in a 9 inch by 12 inch format printed on high-gloss paper. It is priced at $75 plus $7 for postage and packing or $82 per copy

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