Econo Lodge Beckley
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... This particular coal seam is about 18" wide and about 18" off the floor. Miners had to crawl in on their side, dig out underneath the coal seam to create a shelf, drill into the shelf, insert blasting powder, blast it, so the coal collapsed in pieces on the floor, then load it into coal cars and haul it out, using their own animals--pony, if they had a small one, goats, dogs, and their children. Each car carried a ton. They were expected to mine 10 tons ...
... up by then, we'll try again tomorrow.
Instead of going to the ballgame, we spent the evening at WalMart and the Dollar Tree looking for rain ponchos. We are scheduled for a 4-hour ATV tour tomorrow morning, and it will go even if there are thunderstorms, which are predicted. We, of course, brought everything we could possibly need (and then some) except rain gear. Umbrellas will not be useful on an ATV, ...
... and then we moved down the wall doing some more challenging lines. Later we found a sick cave and Lee onsighted a 12a! Lee is a beast climber! One of the strongest I know and has taught me everything I know, but he also cleared the 30 foot wide cave after letting one rip! Damn Lee!
It was a successful day and after climbing we went to The Secret Sandwich Society for another "unique" meal. I had a turkey sandwich with apples on it, fantastic! and everyone ...
... s sky-high bridges. We marveled at how the bridges could have been constructed. We traveled on excellent highways without the heavy traffic on so many interstates. Would love to come back and spend more time here.
The purpose for us being in Beckley, was to be close to Hinton, WV, which is where my Father was born, so that we could go to the Court House and see if we could find his birth certificate. The goal being to hopefully find out where my Grandfather was born. Brian and I have had no luck so far in filling in the blanks about my Grandfather. So, today, we drove to Hinton.
Hinton is located on the eastern side of the New River that ...