10 responses

  1. David A Oram via Facebook
    July 1, 2012

    Great work Travis!

  2. Art Asbury
    September 10, 2012

    Thanks for putting up the pictures. I started school at Coalwood in 1942. What a great School! Mrs. Zick was my first grade teacher. Gladys Cox taught 2nd grad and ther was another Cox in 3rd. We came to Coalwood from Portsmouth, VA. My father worked at the US Navy Yard where they built ships. When John L. Lewis struck the Southern coal fields, the Navy was sent in to run the mines. George L. Carter’s son, “Jimmy” locked himself in a Hotel room in New York and would’t negotiate and the UMW held out. There was no real violence but they called the workers “scabs.” There was a pedestrian bridge over the railroad instead of the steps shown… Mr Likens was principal and we often heard the sound of a paddle “whapping” someone’s bottom…Likens was an avid tennis player and kept his arm in shape with his version of “applied psychology!” I do not remember any of my classmates getting out of line but there was an older boy, Bill Tickle, who got more than his last name.

    We left Coalwood in 1947 but I thought that it was one of the nicest places we lived. George L. Carter owned Coalwood and Caretta. He was from Hillsville, VA and a large number of Carter Coal Company employees were from his home area. I remember the sanitation grew headed by “Ham” Cox- when they made rounds, my mother called the group “Coxey’s Army” like the NY politician…
    I remember when Bill Bolt came back from the Army and bought a new Chevy with a sun shield. Bill’s father, Fielden ran the planing mill/lumber yard running up “mudhole.” Bill’s sister had a new Chrysler “woody” convertible. Those were great days in Coalwood…. The school may look sad, now, but there were lots of happy memories within those walls and in the community called COALWOOD!

  3. Rob Dawson
    December 28, 2012

    Great stuff Travis!

  4. Jay Noonan
    June 23, 2013

    This school is where I actually started my teaching career in 1978 when it was a Coalwood Elementary. I taught 6th grade my 1st year and 5th grade my second year. I was from Western New York and arriving in McDowell County was a culture shock for me. After 35 years of teaching I truly would never trade my experience teaching at Coalwood Elementary. Mr. Toney was my 1st principal I worked under. I also resided at the Coalwood Club House before I found a place to live in Welch. I will say that I met some of the nicest and gracious and giving people ever!!! I will never forget my experiences in McDowell County. It is sad to see the school in that condition and I had no idea that this occurred. The photographs of the hallways gave me so many memories of my classes and students. Thanks Travis for bringing back some visions and memories.

  5. Sue Evans Honaker
    October 6, 2013

    I grew up in McDowell county-attended junior high (9th grade) at Coalwood . I remember visiting my cousins who lived in Coalwood, in the summers. Sadly, we are all scattered now, and haven’t had contact for many years.

  6. Tammy Fleming
    October 16, 2013

    too bad you have none of when it was up and running, what a great school, teachers and building it was

  7. Darlene Jones
    October 16, 2013

    hate to see the school like that was a beautiful place

  8. Beverly Richardson
    April 6, 2014

    Some of my fondest memories are of my days at Coalwood Junior High School. I forged life long friendships there! I was there from 1964 to 1967. Looking at these pictures brought tears to my eyes for all the sweet memories!!!

  9. Thomas Barr
    January 12, 2015

    I grew up in Gary WV, (mine number 3). I lived in the second house on Lovers Lane. From our front porch I can see the mine machine repair shop. Further on was the Gary Power plant. It generated 25 Hz current. Power was generated by two steam turbans and two corliss (sp) engine generators. I am looking for some pictures of the inside of this power plant. If you know of any please contact me.
    Thomas Barr, 4618 Panorama Drive, Huntsville Al 35801, Phone 256-534-5698, tbarr30@comcast.net.

    Your pictures are wonderful and bring old memories.


  10. Travis Dewitz
    December 29, 2012

    Thank you, Rob.

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