The ruins of the Kay Moor No.1 Coal Mine near Fayetteville, West Virginia, provide visitors a glimpse into life in the mining towns that once lined the New River in the rugged New River Gorge. Due in part to its isolation, artifacts from the 1870s through World War II remain in place at the Kay Moore mine and in the ruined village of Kaymoor, documenting one of the nation’s most productive coal mining operations. The mine and community sites near the rim, on the flank of the gorge, and along the river have been stabilized and interpreted by the National Park Service as part of the New River Gorge National River, and access has been provided by way of hiking and biking trails and a staircase that climbs the gorge between the mine site and the ruins of the town site.
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