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Beckley Rider Coal

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Beckley Rider Coal outcrops below Raleigh Sandstone

The Beckley Rider Coal is a thin seam of soft bitumenous generally less than three-feet thick that rides several feet above the Beckley Coal and immediately beneath the lower ledge of the Raleigh Sandstone and above the Beckley Coal.

The Beckley Rider takes its name from the seam's position "riding" above the Beckley Coal near Beckley, WV, in central Raleigh County. When developed, the Beckley Rider is generally separated from the Beckley coal by five-to-10 feet of dark gray shale.

This thin coal, which often contains gas, has never been commercially mined, though it had formerly fueled the hearths of many early homes and small smithies.