These 17 Candid Photos Show What Life Was Like In West Virginia In the 1930s

The 1930s in West Virginia brought both heartache and hope to the lives of many West Virginians. The Great Depression and the struggles found in many mining communities nearly brought the state to its knees during this decade of want. But through it all, our parents and grandparents managed to become tougher as they learned to navigate life after the Roaring ’20s. Below are some images taken right after the worst of the depression had passed. Whenever possible, people were attempting to rebuild their lives.

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Do you recall hearing stories, or have some of your own, from the mid-to-late 1930s? We’d love to hear them!

For more sobering photos from this era, keep reading 10 Rare Photos Taken In West Virginia During The Great Depression.

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