Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine


Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine shows how engineers transformed low-seam coal mining from its earliest manual stages into a modern mechanized operation. Visitors can ride a "man trip" car, pulled by a battery-powered locomotive, through 1500 feet of restored underground passages. Working equipment and displays demonstrate the various mining techniques that have been used here since the 1880s. Other features include a restored coal-camp house from 1925 and a restored mine superintendent's house from 1906.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Environmental
Topic(s):Electricity
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Beckley is the center of southern West Virginia's smokeless (bituminous) coal region. The city is also the northern anchor of the Coal Heritage Trail, which winds its way past company stores, miners' houses, railroad yards, coal supplies, and 500 small company towns as it makes its way south to Bluefield.