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The Abandoned Town In West Virginia That Most People Stay Far, Far Away From

The little coal mining town of Kayford was once a thriving community, with a general store, a school, and a church. The miners and their families lived on the mountain for over 200 years, until changes in coal mining led most of the town to disappear. The town revolved around coal mining, but Mountain Top Removal put many of those miners out of work, and made the area dangerous. Health hazards, toxic water, and unstable ground has made this an area that few people want to visit.

For the remnants of another coal mining town, check out the abandoned town of Kaymoor.

Rachel Whetstone
Rachel is proud to live in wild and wonderful West Virginia. She enjoys nature walks, photography, and discovering new restaurants all around the state.