Virgnia City was among the early coal camps in Southwest Virginia. Its prosperity was made possible by several massive seams of coal, miners to dig the coal, and the Clinch Valley Division of the Norfolk & Western Railway to haul the coal away. In the camp’s heyday, it featured a school, post office, church, commissary, and number of company houses.
Initially, the camp was expected to equal or exceed the Clinchfield Coal Corporation’s mining operations at Dante. That did not happen, but several small operators (through mineral leases) continued to mine coal at Virginia City for many years.
Among those operators were brothers Sam and Roy McReynolds. The pictures you see here were shared by Sam’s son Larry, and are used with his permission. All of them were taken around 1950.