King Coal Hotel
Early image of the King Coal Hotel. The hotel was damaged in a fire in 1929 but remained a central part of the town during its years as a lumber town.
The hotel prior to demolition in 2014
The old welcome sign
The destruction of the building.
A view of the hotel in the late 1990s.
Backstory and Context
In 1929 local individuals came together to open the Maple Oaks Hotel in Rainelle. Unfortunately when the Great Depression hit the hotel was forced to close. Sometime around 1935 the building was purchased by a man from Virginia named Coleman Gore. He renamed the hotel King Coal Hotel.
To distinguish the hotel from others, a large lump of coal was set out in front of the building. There was also a golden crown that was set on top of the building. Before I-64 diverted traffic through Beckley, the King Coal Hotel was a popular stop for businessmen who were traveling from Charleston, WV.