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Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine

Pocahontas, Virginia
County of Tazewell.
Route 659, Reedsville Hollow
National Register Number: 72001418
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Industry/Processing/Extract. - extractive facil..
Congressional District: VA-9 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Exhibition coal mine.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 12, 1994):
Located in the low hills of northeastern Tazewell County, this mine was opened in Spring 1882 to exploit the extraordinarily thick seam of very high quality semi-bituminous coal. To get the coal to market, a branch line of the Norfolk & Western Railroad was built to the new town of Pocahontas and the mine; soon after this development, numerous other mines were operating in what came to be known as the Pocahontas-Flat Top coal field. The quality of the coal, the relative ease of accessibility to the thick seam, and the development of a coke industry combined to make coal from this region highly sought after for the manufacture of steel and for steam generation.

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