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These 12 Rare Photos Show West Virginia’s Mining History Like Never Before

December 6 is officially designated as Miner’s Day in the state of West Virginia. Take a look at these historic photos for a glimpse of the hard work, risk, and dedication from coal miners and their families throughout our state’s history. West Virginia wouldn’t be the same without them.

For an up close look at West Virginia’s coal history, take a ride in a coal car at the Beckley Exhibition Mine.

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.