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McDowell County, Caretta and Coalwood, History

Collection Number: A&M 3337


Typed 23 page manuscript history of the McDowell County coal mining communities of Caretta and Coalwood by Homer Hickam, the author of Rocket Boys. Caretta and Coalwood were started early in the twentieth century as coal camps by the mine operator George L. Carter. The fortunes of both towns represent the economic cyclical nature of mining throughout the twentieth century reflective of many coal field communities within the state.


  • Creation: 1983


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McDowell County, Caretta and Coalwood, History, 1983
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1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US