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Slab Fork, West Virginia

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Mine No. 1, Slab Fork Coal Co., circa 1913
Tipple of Slab Fork Coal Co., circa 1917
Slab Fork, WV, circa 1919
Slab Fork, WV, circa 1919
Slab Fork, WV, circa 1919
Slab Fork, WV, circa 1919

Slab Fork is an unincorporated community in Raleigh County that was established as a mining town in the early 1900s by the Slab Fork Coal Company. The community is located along Slab Fork, a tributary of the Guyandotte River. The town's population in 1914 was 500 hundred according to the Raleigh County Geological Survey.

The first shipment from the Winding Gulf Coal Field was made in 1907 by G. H. Caperton and W. Gaston Caperton from the mines of the Slab Fork Coal Company at Slab Fork. An article in the Feb. 8, 1919 edition of The Black Diamond noted the following: "To the Slab Fork Coal Company belongs the distinction of having been the first mine to ship coal over the Virginian Railway and it is also credited with having furnished the cargo for the first ship loaded at the Sewell's Point piers of that road." It should be noted however that the Virginian Railway was formed with the joining of the Tidewater and Deepwater Railways in 1907, and that coal had been shipped on the Deepwater Ry. prior to 1907.

Maps of Slab Fork and Vicinity

1911 USGS topo map of Slab Fork vicinity
1967 USGS topo map of Slab Fork vicinity


The following article on the Slab Fork Coal Company's operations at Slab Fork is from the Feb., 8, 1919 edition of The Black Diamond.

Source: Google Books