This Ride Through An Old Coal Mine In West Virginia Will Take You Back In Time

Coal mining has been an important part of West Virginia’s history. Many towns sprang up around the coal mines, and many West Virginians have at least one coal miner relative or friend. A large number of mines have now been closed, however, and the towns have been abandoned. In Beckley, WV, you can tour one of those old coal towns that has been preserved.

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There’s a lot of history here. It definitely looks worth a tour.

The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is located at 513 Ewart Ave., Beckley, WV 25801. Learn more about their hours of operation (the differ seasonally) and the fees for entry, check out their official website.

For more about the history of coal mining in West Virginia, take a look at these seven abandoned mining towns.