Boone County, West Virginia and Coal Mining

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April 26, 2011 (Coal Geology) In the Boone County, West Virginia, coal has been a part of the major economic growth. Boone County was formed in 1847 from parts of Kanawha, Cabell, and Logan Counties and named for Daniel Boone. Boone County is part of the Charleston. For many years, Boone County has ranked high in coal production statistics in West Virginia. Nearly 2,000 miners labor in the county, and for every person directly employed in the coal industry, three more work in coal-related support occupations. Boone County’s 506 square miles has more coal reserves than any other place in the world equal to its size. (Source: http://www.boonecountywv.org).

 

Boone County Surface Mining
Boone County Surface Mining

NASA used Boone County to show the extensive devastation of land in Appalachian coal fields in their “earth observatory webpage“. NASA presented high quality Landsat 5 satellite images for Boone County, WV ranging between 1984 – 2010 in a time series fashion. The fast and vast expansion of surface mines removing dark green trees in the mountaintop areas could be easily identified on the satellite images. The mining operation was limited to a relatively small area west of the Coal River in 1984. In February 2010, a team of scientists concluded that the impacts on stream and groundwater quality, biodiversity, and forest productivity were “pervasive and irreversible” due to the extensive surface mining activities in Boone County.

Coal mining on a commercial scale in Boone County began in 1846, along Coal River at Peytona, where the cannel coal was mined and floated down the river in flat boats. The mining operations were discontinued in 1861, during the Civil War, and at the close of the war several attempts were made to continue the mining operations, but without much success. The real mining operations in Boone County began after the completion of the Coal River Railroad to Clothier, in 1909, and to Peytona in 1910, and the extension of the Cabin Creek Branch Railroad from Kayford to Colcord, in 1909. (From West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, Charles E. Krebs, D. D. Teets (Sir.), D. D. Teets (jr.), William Armstrong Price, W. J. Latimer).

There are still multiple active mining operation in the Boone County, West Virginia as of 2011.

Coal Heritage Foundation of Boone County.
THE BITUMINOUS COAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION INC. COAL MUSEUM was established in 1999. The coal museum is truly preserving the heritage of the Southern WV coal fields through Miner’s tools, photographs, oral history tapes, company records and other pieces of the state’s mining history.

  • Open Monday through Friday 12PM-4PM
  • 347 Main Street, Boone County, Madison, WV 25130
  • Contact: Larry V. Lodato, Phone: 304-369-5180 or 9118,Fax: 304-369-9130,Email: boonedevcorp@yahoo.com
  • Website: http://www.wvcoalmuseum.org
  • Located in downtown Madison. US Rt. 119 (Corridor G) Take the Danville-Madison Exit, go two miles to Madison.

Watch Boone County satellite images on NASA http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/hobet.php?src=eorss-ann

Some major coal companies and related offices in and near the Boone County:

A T Massey Coal Co
407 Wash Branch Rd , Julian, WV (304) 369-2007

Briar Mountain Coal & Coke
184 Summers St Ste 201, Charleston, WV (304) 342-2179

Carter Roag Coal Co
696 Helvetia-Adolph Rd # P, Mill Creek, WV (304) 335-2160

Cascades Coal Sales Inc
1620 Kanawha Blvd E Apt 1b, Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 343-0500

Catenary Coal
42 Rensford Star Rte, Charleston, WV 25306
(304) 925-1760

Coal Fork
Gap View Dr, Charleston, WV

Coal Fillers Inc
4099 Tams Hwy , Sophia, WV (304) 683-5775

Coal Fillers
1572 Hampton Rd, Charleston, WV (304) 343-6669

Coal River Energy
700 Virginia St E Ste 240, Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 414-4300

Coal River Energy LLC
123 Long Shoals Bch, Alum Creek, WV 25003
(304) 756-2901

Coastal Coal Co
4615 Yorks Run Rd, Newburg, WV (304) 892-3352

Consolidation Coal Co
1027 Little Indian Creek Rd, Morgantown, WV (304) 983-3200

Clover International Coal Corp
8508 Virginia Meadows Dr, Manassas, VA (703) 330-1200

Elk Run Coal Co Inc
31754 Coal River Rd, Sylvester, WV 25193
(304) 854-1890

Endurance Coal
180 Randy Hager Ln, Madison, WV 25130-9373 (304) 792-0040 ?

Green Valley Coal Co
5363 Leivasy Rd, Leivasy, WV (304) 846-6600

Independence Coal Co Inc
Uneeda, WV 25205 (304) 369-4494 ?

Island Creek Coal Co
Rte 90 Alpine Pumo No 1 , Thomas, WV (304) 463-4004

Jupiter Coal Co
98 Bob White, Van, WV 25206 (304) 245-8411 ?

Laurel Coal Corp
347 Madison Ave, Madison, WV (304) 369-1399

Logan & Kanawha Coal Co
96 Maccorkle Ave SW, S Charleston, WV (304) 746-4011

Marfork Coal Co Inc
Marfork Rd & Route 3, Whitesville, WV 25209
(304) 854-1852

Mercer Fuel & Coal Co
517 E Main St, Berryville, VA (540) 955-1927

Pocahontas Coal Co
3884 Odd Rd, Josephine, WV 25857
(304) 683-9304

Pocahontas Coal Co
6001 Coal City Rd, Rhodell, WV 25915
(304) 683-9480

Pinson Coal Co Inc
701 Ridgewood Rd, Huntington, WV 25701
(304) 697-4701

Preston County Coal-Coke Corp
8477 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Masontown, WV (304) 864-5411

Riverton Coal Production Inc
400 Patterson Ln, Charleston, WV (304) 345-0934

Sharon Coal Co
RR 1, Masontown, WV (304) 864-6514

Tri Star Coal Sales Co
105 Newcomer Rd, Charleston, WV (304) 744-9825

Sharples Coal Corp
PO Box 305, Madison, WV (304) 369-1578

West Virginia Coals Inc
100 Route 98 W St, Clarksburg, WV (304) 624-5461

Willies Coal Yard
Location is approximateGrafton, WV (304) 265-3652

List of Coal Companies in Boone County from http://www.wvgenweb.org

BOONE
ACTMAN (Boone)
Pinnacle Block Coal Co.
ALTMAN (Boone)
Peak Coal Co.
BRUSH CREEK  (Boone)
Brush Creek Coal Co.
CAMEO  (Boone)
Cameo Splint Coal Co.
COALBLOOM  (Boone)
Halcon Coal Co.
DARTMONT  (Boone)
Orlandi Coal Co.
R.B. Jones Coal Co.
DOBRA CAMP  (Boone)
Boone County Coal
Corporation
GARRISON  (Boone)
Webb Coal Mining Co.
GORDON  (Boone)
Detroit Mining Co.
GREENVIEW  (Boone)
Valco Coal Co.
HIGHCOAL  (Boone)
Anchor Coal Co.
JARROLDS VALLEY  (Boone)
Leevale Coal Co.
JAVINS  (Boone)
Bull Creek Mining Co.
Javins Coal Co.
JEFFREY  (Boone)
Spruce River Coal Co.
KEITH  (Boone)
Columbus-Darby Coal Co.
Hopkins Fork Coal Co.
Keith Coal Mining Co.
LAVILLE  (Boone)
Warner Block Coal Co.
MADISON  (Boone)
Madison Mining Co.
Murphy Coal Co.
MORDUE  (Boone)
Mordue Collieries Co.
MORRISVALE  (Boone)
Horse Creek Block Coal Co.
NELLIS  (Boone)
American Rolling Mill Co.
ORGAS  (Boone)
Vermillion Coal Co.
OTTAWA  (Boone)
Coal River Co.
PRENTER  (Boone)
Big Mountain Coals
Coal River Collieries
The Collieries Co.
Red Parrot Coal Co.
Sharlow Gas Coal Co.
RAMAGE  (Boone)
Spruce River Coal Co.
RIDGEVIEW  (Boone)
Ridgeview Coal Co.
ROCK BOTTOM  (Boone)
Dell Coal Co.
RUMBLE  (Boone)
Coal River Collieries Co.
SECOAL  (Boone)
Standard Eagle Coal Co.
SETH  (Boone)
Coal River Collieries Co.
Laurel Creek Fuel Co.
SHAMROCK  (Boone)
Eagle Mines, Inc.
R.R. Smith Coal Co.
SHARLOW  (Boone)
Sharlow Gas Coal Co.
SILUSH  (Boone)
Scott Coal Co.
Siler Coal Corp.
West Virginia Southern Coal Co.
VAN  (Boone)
Youghiogheny & Ohio Coal Co.
WHITESVILLE  (Boone)
S. & G. Coal Co.
Seng Creek Coal Co.
West Virginia Southern Coal Co.

Boone County Coal Mining: 1986 to 2008 (Source: West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey)

County Year Total Prod
(tons)
Underground Surface
Underground Prod
(tons)
Conventional Prod
(tons)
Continuous Prod
(tons)
Longwall Prod
(tons)
Handloaded Prod
(tons)
Other Prod
(tons)
#
Mines
#
Emp
Surface Prod
(tons)
#
Mines
#
Emp
Boone 1986 22646953 18422007 2596370 12456929 3276474 92233 0 106 4230 4224946 102 634
Boone 1987 23500731 19326377 3291094 12170699 3831065 33519 0 115 4002 4174354 91 578
Boone 1988 22040817 16842617 3350673 10536476 2948074 7394 0 104 3334 5198200 48 670
Boone 1989 23149830 17710319 2758030 10805549 4142233 4507 0 97 3250 5439511 52 715
Boone 1990 27618152 21676730 768949 15050325 5702579 154877 0 99 3503 5941422 58 637
Boone 1991 25138379 18802880 629676 13542021 4524121 107062 0 101 3215 6335499 57 910
Boone 1992 24298271 17579078 219797 13837240 3516578 0 5463 92 3025 6719193 48 806
Boone 1993 14903878 10292850 119521 8537226 1636103 0 0 82 1879 4611028 20 363
Boone 1994 21613938 15372032 45295 10827356 4499381 0 0 81 2275 6241906 11 500
Boone 1995 25069369 18169695 237176 13582750 4349769 0 0 67 2613 6899674 17 566
Boone 1996 25884296 18625725 0 15115432 3470594 0 37700 64 2385 7258571 26 563
Boone 1997 26319759 19031553 0 15478905 3552648 0 0 57 2083 7288206 24 594
Boone 1998 29420756 21024453 18838 17044389 3961226 0 0 51 2095 8396303 24 731
Boone 1999 30075908 20292091 0 16152386 4139705 0 0 52 2051 9783817 18 470
Boone 2000 32446186 20419392 43914 14434840 5940638 0 0 50 1878 12026794 19 547
Boone 2001 34197228 20268790 0 13955342 6313448 0 0 48 1957 13928438 24 807
Boone 2002 31817818 15980343 118836 10644147 4861050 0 356310 53 1973 15837475 31 1071
Boone 2003 29674029 15801154 18306 11639816 3793846 0 349186 49 1875 13872875 30 997
Boone 2004 31097506 17294991 256079 13691036 3347876 0 0 52 1995 13802515 34 1068
Boone 2005 30648389 15058730 0 13148161 1906201 0 4368 61 2269 15589659 42 1345
Boone 2006 32764140 12972981 0 10757542 2215439 0 0 70 2687 19791159 48 1969
Boone 2007 33398376 12659109 0 0 0 0 0 2260 20969229 1856
Boone 2008 30975289 13086610 0 0 0 0 0 17888679
Totals 628699998 396710507 14472554 273408567 81929048 399592 753027 232219453

 




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Ankan Basu is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with 10+ years of experience in the field of geology, hydrogeology and geochemistry.

1 Comment on Boone County, West Virginia and Coal Mining

  1. Randal Johnson // June 24, 2011 at 10:01 pm // Reply

    need to straiten up the numbers on the totals at the bottom, or was there 628 quadrillion tons produced to date?

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