The remarkable story of Bluefield represents a unique combination of geology, geography, and opportunity. Once just the confluence of a handful of family farms in southern West Virginia, Bluefield was put on the map, literally,
in the 1880s, when the Norfolk & Western Railway came to town. The company's influence on the rural landscape was overwhelming, and soon, Bluefield was transformed into the center of a coal-fired universe and became a major thoroughfare for the then-thriving mining industry.
Though the company--not the coal--was king in Bluefield, enterprising men and women could, and did, share in its
success. The city evolved into a successful supply center for the enormous network of towns that sprung up almost overnight throughout the region's coalfields. For the next 60 years, Bluefield experienced dramatic growth, enticing a diverse group of newcomers who helped to build the strong cultural heritage that continues to play a prominent role in the community to the present day.
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Preserves historical photos of "Nature's Air-Conditioned City" that would otherwise be lost. An excellent purchase for anyone with ties to Bluefield. Also, the Arcadia series of images and postcards ... Read full review
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African-American community Barksdale Beaver High School Bluefield Avenue Bluefield Daily Telegraph Bluefield Hardware Bluefield High School Bluefield Sanitarium Bluefield State College Bluefield yard Bob Crockett Cecil Surratt Chamber of Commerce city's northside corner of Princeton courtesy of author courtesy of Bluefield courtesy of Cecil courtesy of Grubb courtesy of H courtesy of Joseph courtesy of Nick courtesy of Thurman Daily Telegraph archives Davidson Dough Boy downtown early Eddie Steele Edward Eddie Edward Steele Fats Waller Federal Street Feuchtenberger Greater Bluefield Chamber Grubb Photo Service Higginbotham Jackie John Forbes Nash Joseph Bundy Kennedy left to right lemonade located Lumber Maceo Pinkard Mahood family mainline Melvin Grubb Mercer Street Mitchell Stadium Nick Buzzo Norfolk Southern old Bluefield parade Photo by Melvin Photo courtesy photograph was taken picture Pocahontas Princeton Avenue railroad served Shott Smitty Smith station steam locomotives Thurman Scruggs U.S. Senator unidentified West Virginian Hotel Western Railway WHIS-TV World