The Elk Creek Coal Company Preparation Plant is a former coal preparation plant in Emmett, West Virginia.
Emmett is a former company town owned by the Elk Creek Coal Company, which was later acquired by the Guyan Eagle Coal Company. 1 Much of the town was later demolished to make way for a mountaintop mining site.
The preparation plant was separately owned by the Island Creek Coal Company to process coal that came out of their No. 10 mine. 1 The Consolidated Coal Company (Consol) later purchased it, which became their Elk Creek Preparation Plant, and was active until 1997 when the adjoining coal reserves were exhausted.
- DellaMea, Chris. “Misc. Logan Field.” Coalfields of the Appalachian Mountains. 27 Oct. 2005.
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This prep plant, or at least most of it, was demolished about 2008. In 2012, Lexington, Kentucky-based Ramaco Resources bought out nearby reserves and after a few years of permitting and development opened a new prep plant on this exact spot. The facility was loading unit trains once again by December 2016 and continues to do so. They currently do better than half a million tons per year out of there. What was abandoned has a new lease on life. CSX appropriately calls the loading point “Emmett”.
My name is lori beth sites my mothers side of my family Smith’s are all from elk creek hollow my grandfather Claudis S Smith was an electrician that was killed may 31 of 1954 when a car jumped track threw him off then ran over him my mom at that time 16 yrs old was number 2 of 10 kids her name is Margaret she will be 80 yrs old this March and I’ve never ever got to see were they come from so I am hoping someone knows or has heard stories handed down over the yrs because when mom tells the story it’s so real you can almost taste it. My mothers daddy when he was killed was about to have number 10 child ..”..my grand mother name was Eva Cummings before she became Smith grand pa was known thru out the camp as “frog eye Smith “he began working in those mines at the age of 7 and died in them at the young age of 40. Frog s mother was known as Martha Peyton and she run a boarding house in the hollow ! If there’s anyone that can tell me absolutely anything I would so appreciate it my mother still remembers people that were her neighbors and shortly after grand pa was killed and grandma had the baby my aunt Susie they packed up moved to Proctorville Ohio . Again my grand pa was a lineman and mom said he put electric in a lot of the camp homes that didn’t have it back then! Sure wish I could’ve met him he taught her to be god fearing and good hearted which she has instilled in my brother and I….anything at all you can tell me would be fantastic !….thank you for your time. Lori B Sites
ELK CREEK HOLLER, EMMETT WV, I LIVED THERE WHEN I WAS BUT 11 YEARS OLD, IAM NOW 64. ELK CREEK USED TO BE A BOOMING PLACE, MY DAD WORKED AS A FOREMAN FOR ISLAND CREEK COAL CO.DURING THE LATE SIXTYS. WE LIVED IN THE CAMP JUST ABOVE THE OLD TIPPLE. THE HOLLER HAD A LEGACY TO A LOT OF PEOPLE FOR A LONG TIME TIL RAMACO CAME ALONG. THEY NOW HAVE GATES UP JUST ABOVE THE LAST SMALL COMMUNITY LEFT AND NOBODY GETS PAST THAT GATE FOR ANY REASON UNLESS THEY WORK THERE. I HAVE SOME GREAT MEMORIES OF THAT PLACE AS A BOY AND ALSO SOME OF THE GREATEST MEMORIES AS A DEER AND BEAR HUNTER TIL DECEMBER OF 2016 THAT I WILL EVER HAVE IN MY LIFE. BUT NOMORE, NOT IN WHAT LIFE I HAVE LEFT. THERE WERE COAL CAMPS WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE LIVED BACK IN THOSE DAYS, EVERYBODY WAS CLOSE KNIT, EVERYBODY KNEW ONE ANOTHER, ELK CREEK WAS A BIG PART OF PEOPLES LIVES, THINGS WERE SIMPLE BACK THEN, THEY ALL HAD ONE REASON FOR LIVING THERE, TO MAKE A LIVING FOR THEIR FAMILIES, AND THAT THEY DID. THE LEGACY THATS BEEN TAKEN AWAY IS THAT FOR YEARS JUST RECENTLY WHILE I WOULD BE RIDING MY ATV UP AND DOWN THE HOLLER TO GO HUNTING I WOULD RUN INTO PEOPLE THAT LIVED THERE WHEN I WAS A BOY THAT WOULD COME BACK TO VISIT THE HOLLER TO REMEMBER THE OLD DAYS, SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE LIVED A LONG WAY OFF JUST TO COME VISIT. NOW NOBODY CAN GO VISIT THE OLD HOLLER WHERE THEY WERE RAISED WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG. THE OLD HOLLER MUST HAVE MEANT MORE TO PEOPLE THAN ANYONE WOULD THINK BECAUSE IT WAS MORE THAN JUST A PLACE ON THE MAP, IT WAS A WAY OF LIFE THAT MEANT THE WORLD TO THE PEOPLE THAT LIVED AND WORKED THERE. I FOR ONE WILL ALWAYS TREASURE MY MEMORIES OF THE OLD HOLLER, A PLACE THAT WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF MY HEART.
My mother was raised on Elk Creek and grandparents lived there all their lives in old coal company houses. I can remember when the place was booming and lively My grandparents lived across from the tiple during their last days at Elk Creek and I can still remember hearing the constant noise and the whistle blowing during shift change. The community had everything they needed: school, bar and grill, doctor’s office, church, post office, and the company store. Everyone was close knit and God-fearing. Those people left many memories even though there is nothing left of what was once known as a booming place. Once a year, the remaining people from who are still living gather at Verner Recreation Center to meet, greet, eat and talk about the good old days on Elk Creek. I will always have great memories of the people and visiting my grandparents during the good old days of Elk Creek, West Virginia.
My mother was born in Logan county West Virginia. She pasted 10 years ago. While going through some of her possessions tonight I came across what looks like a coin, the size of a dime but the color of a penny. The coin has a design cut out in the center. The wording on one side says "Elk Creek Coal Company" around the top and "ECCo Emmett W Va" at the bottom. The other side says "Payable in Merchandise Only" at the top and "Not Transferable" at the bottom of the coin. Does anyone know anything about its history? I know my grandfather was a coal miner – John Cogswell.
My grandparents and great grand parents were vances and them and my dad arland hatfield all work in the mine there on the holler.
my mom work at the company store . our family is buried there on the hill..My brother was ran over by a coal truck there in 59 we all had to move and leave elk creek in 60 … so yes them mine up there is really old. and more memorys then ever…
My grand pa (Garland Vance) worked there..and my great grand pa (John C. Vance) was the postmaster
My grandpa worked here. He was in an accident in Sept 1952 where a hose from an oxygen/acetylene tank blew up.
Stollings is the name of a small town one mile up the river from Logan, but it sounds as if the Stollings you're talking about is somewhere between Man and Gilbert. If there is such a place, it may have gotten its name from a prominent coal operator named Garnet Stollings, who was associated with, I think, a mine on Huff Creek. The real Stollings — the town I was raised in, by the way — was named for Floyd D. Stollings, who owned all the land where the present town is located.