From the bloggers at Roadtreking.
A great out of the way stop is the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Museum in Beckley, W.V. We discovered it about five years ago and have returned many times since on our way to and from points east. Beckley is about 60 miles south of the state capital, Charleston, on the West Virginia Turnpike.
The route to the mine is well marked from the turnpike. A couple of miles of city streets lead to a valley containing the mine, museum, and a pleasant little RV campground on the hill (mountain) above. There are nice walking trails between the sites. A typical coal mining small town has been reconstructed consisting in a church, school, and several homes, and a museum next to a formerly operating coal mine. Guided tours of the mine are offered and take the visitor from the museum down a short walk to board the mine train.
train engineer is a retired coal miner who narrates the trip to the passengers seated in several small mine cars. He wears a miner’s hard hat and electric light. The train rolls into the mine portal past dripping water from the bedrock joints and cracks.
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