An Obscured Mountainside School

McDowell Vocational School

Obscured by heavy foliage in McDowell County, West Virginia is a long-abandoned vocational and technical school.

Obscured by heavy foliage in McDowell County, West Virginia is a long-abandoned vocational and technical school.

Opened in 1946, the McDowell County Vocational School was designed to give students the opportunity to learn electrical and mechanical skills. In 1959, the vocational school’s ambitions were expanded with the introduction of a job training program to give new skillsets to unemployed coal miners. The plan, introduced by the state Legislature, was to be expanded to other vocational schools across the state.

After a new facility was opened down the hollow in the mid-1960s, this complex was continued to be used for vocational activities into the 1990s.

1 Comment

  1. It’s kind of surreal that the school is just buried amidst the trees like that. Aside from private residences, I’ve never seen a building completely obscured by trees but maybe that’s because they do a good job of staying out of sight. West Virginia is incredibly beautiful at times but also incredibly weird.

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