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Derryhale, West Virginia

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Goodman rack rail locomotive at drift mouth, Derryhall mine

Derryhale was developed as a company owned mining town by the McKell Coal & Coke Company in the early 1900s. The mine opened in 1900 and shipped coal via the Kanawha, Glen Jean & Eastern Railway (KGJ&E), a short-line railroad owned by the mining company. The Derryhale coal camp was located along Dunloup Creek in Fayette County.

The siding built from a connection with Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) at Macdonald to the Derryhale mine was the first segment of the KGJ&E built. A dispute between the KGJ&E and the C&O is claimed to have lead to the KGJ&E resorting to using oxen to pull the coal cars from its Tamroy mine to Macdonald, because at the time the KGJ&E didn't yet own any locomotives. The KGJ&E soon managed to arrange a lease of a small locomotive and the use of oxen was curtailed.

An electric plant was installed at the Derryhale plant during the year ending June 30, 1905.

Map of Derryhale and Vicinity

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