This trip takes you through what many consider the heart of Appalachian coal country. Wyoming and McDowell Counties have produced millions of tons of coal over the years, and many residents continue to carve out a living in the mines.
On this trip you will see ruggedly beautiful mountain landscapes and striking architecture, as well as experience some of the industrial history and heritage of the area.
Stop 1 – Itmann
This tiny hamlet was once a thriving coal camp built by the famous coal baron I.T. Mann. All that is left today are some homes and the old company store. This impressive structure sits on the side of Routes 10 and 16 outside of Mullens. The building currently is not in use, nor is it in the best state of repair. However, it is a wonderful photo opportunity for those interested in architecture, coal heritage, or industrial history.