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Arbuckle Creek (South Side Branch)

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1901 C&O track diagram showing mining operation on Arbuckle Creek

For a brief period of time a small coal loading and coking plant was in operation near the mouth of Arbuckle Creek, just east (upstream) of Erskine. The mines were located on the hillside in the vicinity of Minden. A narrow-gauge railroad was built to bring the coal from the mines to a headhouse, where the coal was transferred via a incline to a tipple located on a siding along Arbuckle Creek. State mine records indicate the mines, known as Rend Nos. 1 & 2, were operated by W.P. Rend from 1901 to 1904.

A Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) track diagram of 1901 shows the Arbuckle Coal & Coke Co. as operating the colliery.

Rafters Reference: Ruins associated with the Arbuckle Creek are located on river left just downstream and opposite of Thurmond.