Photo, Print, Drawing Sludge pond and impoundment on Shumate's Branch

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Sludge pond and impoundment on Shumate's Branch
Contributor Names
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
October 26, 1995
Subject Headings
-  Fall
-  Shumate's Branch
-  Eagle Mine (W. Va.)
-  Goals Preparation Plant (Shumate's Branch, W. Va.)
-  October
-  Sludge dams
-  Eagle Seam (W. Va.)
-  Photographs
-  Ethnography
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Sundial
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County
-  West Virginia -- Shumate's Branch
-  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.
-  Note continuous beltline coal transport system, left center."
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C043-14
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
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Chicago citation style:

Eiler, Lyntha Scott. Sludge pond and impoundment on Shumate's Branch. Raleigh County Shumate's Branch Sundial West Virginia, 1995. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Eiler, L. S. (1995) Sludge pond and impoundment on Shumate's Branch. Raleigh County Shumate's Branch Sundial West Virginia, 1995. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Eiler, Lyntha Scott. Sludge pond and impoundment on Shumate's Branch. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.