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Rhodell is a coal camp built by the Rhodell Coal Company in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

Rhodesdale was founded in 1918 by the Rhodell Coal Company when it opened an underground coal mine at the south end of the community. 1 It was augmented by the Francis coal mine by the E.C. Minter Coal Company on the other side of town in 1921.

Rhodell was incorporated in 1937 when the community boasted nearly 1,000 residents. With less than 200 residents, the town was unincorporated in June 2017.



  1. DellaMea, Chris. “Rhodell.” Coalfields of the Appalachian Mountains, 2021.

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