Jewell Valley, Virginia is a former coal camp constructed by the Clinchfield Coal Company in the Buchanan coal field.
Jewell Valley was constructed as a company town by the Clinchfield Coal Company circa 1930. 1
The first railroad to serve the region was a line built by an earlier lumber company, which snaked up Mudlick Creek from Richlands to Whitewood and west to Loggy Bottom School. This was replaced by a Norfolk & Western Railroad (N&W) branch in 1931, which followed the Levisa Fork and Dismal Creek east to Whitewood and then Jewell Valley.
The first underground bituminous coal mines opened at Jewell Valley shortly after the railroad’s completion, which was exhausted by the 1960s. Smaller strip mine operations continued until the 1980s when most of the region’s facilities were abandoned.
- DellaMea, Christopher. “Buchanan Field.” Appalachian Coalfields. N.p., 2011. Web. 14 March 2011. Article.
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This was apparently named for my father’s family.
I would like to know more history on the Jewell surname that this valley was named after. My maiden name is Jewell and I know from early family records that my Jewell genealogy migrated through Virginia, across the Appalachians into Kentucky where they eventually settled around what is now Spencer county KY. Would appreciate any direction of info that I can obtain. Thank you.
I am looking for articles or photos of the minors from 1947. My grandpa broke his back in the mines in 1947.
Do you know where I can find any information? Thank you
Hi, my Mother’s 3 Brother’s and there families lived there until, I believe 70’s. No one lived in those houses after that. Except the Sole occupied house, that still remains and my Aunt an my Cousin are still there as far as I know. Hackworth was last name James, Ronnie an Bob. I’ve family that are still in that Area. My Father’s Family lived atop Chicken Ridge (Keen). There are only a couple of the original Miners still alive. Looking at these Old Photos bring back the good/bad times. I had been in at least 3 of those homes growing up. It’s very eerie.
Does anyone remember the Compton family? My mother was Barbara Compton daughter of Mary Compton / Clark. (Garden Creek). George Howard Compton was my grandfather.
do you remember the allen family father otis mother georgia siblings robert hebert velma and me
we moved in 1952 i was just a year old at that time
Wondering if anyone has a picture of The Little Red Schoolhouse?
Hi I was wondering if anyone remembered the Hale family. We moved from there in 48 . Father Harrison ..mother Edith….sister Clauda Fay and Lela May. I remember mostly of the families in the upper camp……..