Coal River

September 29, 1861: Kanawha and Coal River Watersheds Flood

On September 29, 1861, one of the worst floods on record hit the Kanawha River watershed. The river crested nearly 17 feet above flood stage in Charleston and badly damaged the valley’s salt works.

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Coal Towns Were Counting On Tourism For New Jobs. Then Coronavirus Hit.

On a recent sunny weekday, Bill Currey proudly walks among 30 neatly stacked, brightly colored plastic kayaks. Birds chirp merrily, and the soothing…

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