Pocahontas, Virginia

On my recent trip to southern West Virginia, I followed a back road that brought me a short distance over the state line into Virginia to the town of Pocahontas, Virginia.

Pocahontas #1 was the site of the original coal mine that, in 1883, was the start of the two state coal boom of the region and the area that includes parts of Virginia and West Virginia is still known as the Pocahontas Coalfield or the Flat Top-Pocahontas Coalfield. (Not to be confused with Pocahontas County in West Virginia.)

From it’s boom days population, the town of Pocahontas is now down to a little over 400 people.

Since Pocahontas was a side trip, I didn’t stay too long but here are three images from there.

~ by Rsmith on July 13, 2011.

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