Coalwood continues the McDowell County coal history started in the book Gary Hollow (out-of-print).
Coalwood is a 400-page, hardcover book that continues the history of coal mining in McDowell County, West Virginia through the history of Coalwood, Caretta and Six. Over 300 pictures, maps, drawings and tables take the reader from the time that George Carter was exploring coal seams on the Clear Fork, through the development of the Carter Coal Company properties, to the closing of the mines in 1986.
Foreword by Homer Hickam, Jr.: George Carter as one of the Appalachian's greatest Empire Builders. Read how the Carter Coal Company became one of the largest privately owned coal companies in America and the cost of developing and operating coal mines. Also learn how Gary and Coalwood led to the formation of the Coalfield Baseball League, the changes the United Mine Workers brought to the coalfields between 1933 and 1986.
The book continues on what happened to the coal markets after World War II. When The Coalwood-Caretta News brought the weekly news to the Coalwood communities. Also learn what it was like to mine coal over the decades from 1900 through 1986. Also learn why the United States Government seized the Coalwood mines three times.
Coalwood is a companion book to Gary Hollow (out-of-print). Gary Hollow told how a corporation built mining operations and communities; Coalwood tells how an individual did it.
Two Mules Publishing, hardcover, 400 pages, 8.5 x 11 x 1 in., photographs, illustrations and maps. P