Coal Camp Memories

Photography of Howard Elson North


A very special THANK YOU to my dad, James Roger North, for helping me identify all of these old photos, including the towns and people. Without his help this project would have been nearly impossible.

His father, Howard Elson North, was the photographer for the coal camp pictures posted on this site.

If you've got pictures or stories to share, email Julie@juliesgenealogy.com


Superior, West Virginia,

Map of the town 1940's & 1950's

This map has been draw by Ken Scarberry, who grew up in Lake Superior in the 40's & 50's. The map details locations of his 1st, 2nd & 3rd houses in Superior, as well as the towns stores, railroads, named mountains, housing areas, resident's houses, Coal tipples, powder house, steam house, machine shop, cage house, lamp house, Union hall & more!

Ken's been kind enough to make this map for the site, so that others, like you, can get a feel for the town as it was.

Thanks Ken! I really appreciate the addition & the memories you've shared!