Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

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Amonate VA

Okay, let’s get this stated first: the locals tell us it’s pronounced ammo-NOT-uh. The local historian wasn’t available when we were there, so we don’t know the origin of the name. It doesn’t appear to be Italian nor Spanish.  Naming of coal towns was often capricious.
The town is northeast of Bandy VA on 624 about a mile or so from the West Virginia line.  Consol owns a huge tract of coalfield around here.  It’s all met (metallurgical) coal, reportedly 250 million tons of it.  A press release from 2011 stated that Consol was opening up its mine here and expected to be bringing out over 400,000 tons per year.   The locals that we talked to didn’t know anything about this.
Here’s one of the churches, maybe the only one:

Street view:

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