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Fire Creek (historical)

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Fire Creek was incorporated in 1877, and a post office and Presbyterian Church were opened at about the same time. The mining operation was financed by Coit interests, e.g. Samuel Coit. Sixty coke ovens were operating at Fire Creek in 1880 and ninety-eight in 1892. In 1906, the Fire Creek Coal & Coke Company maintained a tipple, power plant, 96 coke ovens, a company store, and homes for miners. The mining operation at Fire Creek was registered under the name New River Collieries Co. in about 1908-1910 and Penna & New River Coal & Coke in the 1920s. Its 1910 population was an estimated 260 persons, according to the West Virginia Geological Survey. Two mines were in operation at Fire Creek -- Echo and Central.