While we stopped in West Virginia for a few days, we did a day trip to the City of Beckley to visit their Exhibition Coal Mine. There are 3 parts to this site: underground coal mine tour; coal mining museum; recreated coal camp homes and buildings. Also on the premises is the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia. We didn’t visit the Youth Museum.
The underground coal mine tour was a little pricey at $20 per adult. It lasted about 40 minutes and is lead by a former coal mine worker. It amazed us that these men would work in a space of 2-3 feet in height and remove over a ton of coal each day. They had quotas to reach of at least that amount per person per day.