The Abandoned Town Of Coalwood, West Virginia Is A Remnant Of Mining History
By Jackie Ann|Published October 02, 2023
Louisiana native and LSU Alum (Geaux Tigers!), Jackie has lived in Louisiana for over three decades and currently lives in New Orleans. She's been writing for OnlyInYourState since 2016 and can often be found with a coffee at her side, dreaming of her next adventure.
For some reason, we’re always drawn to the abandoned places. They’re harsh reminders of a once-thriving space, now just slowly being reclaimed by Mother Nature. There are many abandoned places in West Virginia, but few can compare to Coalwood. Coalwood is an incorporated coal town in McDowell County that actually has a handful of residents still living there, but for the most part, it’s another abandoned place in West Virginia. Let’s take a look at the history of this coal mine town and what happened to it:
Editor’s Note: Due to the nature of abandoned destinations, many of the places featured in this series are off-limits to visitors or have actually been demolished. We do not condone trespassing and other illegal activity but rather encourage readers to enjoy learning about these fascinating destinations.