Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Old Coal Mine Adits and Fan Buildings

These are all located at the head of Straight Hollow near Dante VA.  This was a coal mine complex that opened sometime before 1912 and gradually died in the late 50s.  It was operated by Clinchfield Coal Company.
This is a 1914 adit.  It’s hard to see, but before the “1914” is a capital “E” and, on the other side, is a capital “R”.  I have no idea what that’s all about.
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This is the 1955 adit.  There’s another one just a few yards to the left of this one, but it was heavily covered by dormant kudzu.
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A very early fan building (miners use big fans to keep air circulating in deep mines)
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This one is more recent, probably from the 40s or so.
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