National Coal Heritage Area

National Coal Heritage Area

Address:Coal Heritage Highway Authority
PO Box 5176
Beckley, WV 25801

Phone:304-256-6941
Fax:304-256-6994
Web: www.coalheritage.org
Established: Authorized on November 12, 1996.
Location:11 counties in southern West Virginia.
Special Features:The cultural geography here has been profoundly influenced over the last 125 years by the pervasive role of the coal mines. The communities in these 11 counties reflect their origins as "company towns" formed by local traditions, waves of immigrant workers, and the dominance of the mining companies. Ethnic neighborhoods and the physical infrastructure of the mines are still clearly seen throughout the region.

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The Miners' Celebration is a cooperative project of the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences at Marshall University; the National Coal Heritage Area; Strategic Solutions; the United Mine Workers of America; the West Virginia Coal Association; and the West Virginia Division of Energy, Office of Coalfield Community Development.
The West Virginia National Heritage Area Act of 2013 supports continued National Park Service funding and technical assistance for the Wheeling National Heritage Area and the National Coal Heritage Area, while designating the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area as a National Heritage Area.
NHA; National Coal Heritage Area; Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage
Among those organized around industrial impact on a region are Rivers of Steel; National Coal Heritage Area in West Virginia; and Motor Cities, which highlights Michigan's automobile industry.

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