Early Pocahonas Coal Operations: 1898 Lecture at NE RR Club

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"Excellent find," an interesting read, thank you, Abram (check's in the 

Grant Carpenter

On 8/9/2021 10:53 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> The following link leads to a lecture delivered to the New England 
> Railroad Club in May, 1898, by George M. Carpenter, who was some kind 
> of (unspecified) representative of the Pocahontas Coal Company.
> The article gives, as the author terms it, a "trip down the Elkhorn 
> Valley," and then some generalized information about what is east of 
> there.
> On p. 18 of the PDF (which is p. 36 of the article as printed in the 
> Proceedings of the New England Railroad Club,) the author states, 
> "Radford is a terminal of the Pocahontas Division."  I think what he 
> means is that crews which brought coal trains out of the Pocahontas 
> fields, terminated at Radford.  Which statement was nothing short of 
> heuristic for me.  I had never realized that before. It certainly 
> makes sense.
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O4cDw-pFG-PIG6qn_Wzx7GCLA6dMk7sP/view?usp=sharing 
> <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O4cDw-pFG-PIG6qn_Wzx7GCLA6dMk7sP/view?usp=sharing> 
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