Photos, Prints, Drawings Aerial view of sludge dam at Shumate's branch

Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Dates 1995
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Aerial view of sludge dam at Shumate's branch
Contributor Names
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
October 26, 1995
Subject Headings
-  Fall
-  Ethnography
-  Photographs
-  Event: Helicopter tour of Mountaintop Removal and Reclamation on Big Coal River watershed.
-  Shumate's Branch was settled in the 19th century by Green Clay (son of Charles and Aura Clay) and his wife Betsy Ann, daughter of Jacob and Celia Pettry, who had settled in Hazy Creek. The hollow was home to descendants of Clays, Pettrys and others until the mid-1980s, when the Peabody Coal Company implemented a plan formulated by Armco to build a "Shumate Branch Coal Refuse Impoundment." To clear the way for the impoundment, Peabody relocated several dozen families and a cemetery. A number of graves from the Clay family cemetery may be seen at the Pineview Cemetery in Orgas. At the foot of the dam, which measures ? feet high, is the Goals Preparation plant, and immediately downstream, the Marsh Fork Elementary School.
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C044-10
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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