The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
The Beckley Coal, one of the most productive seams in Raleigh County, in southern West Virginia, takes its name from its outcrop near Beckley, WV. The Beckley Coal typically lies immediately beneath the Raleigh Sandstone, though it is often separated by as much as 20 feet of shale and often the thin Beckley Rider Coal. The Beckley seam can be as thick as 10 feet. Its outcrop in Raleigh County generally follows the rim of the Piney Creek and Glade Creek gorges in the county east and southeast of Beckley. The Beckley coal is located some 60 feet above the bed of the Fire Creek Coal, also known as the Lower Beckley Coal.