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A once coal booming town, Glen Alum is now survived by 3 remaining families. Glen Alum is an unincorporated community in Mingo County, West Virginia. The community derives its name from the local Glen Alum Coal Company and is now visited by trail riders, locals, and seeking coal owners hoping for that last boom.


  • The Glen Alum Coal Company Store.
  • A look inside the Glen Alum Coal Company Store.
  • An outside view of the Glen Alum Movie Theatre. A quarter would pay for the movie, a drink, and a snack.
  • The Glen Alum Community Church.
  • The building on the left was apart of the Glen Alum Coal Company Store. Moving left to right, the smaller building in the middle of the picture was the Post Office, and the larger building in the middle of the picture was the Company Movie Theater.
  • Scrip was issued by the company owned stores to those employees who made a request between paydays. Scrip would be deducted from miners pay checks, but could be used for basic commodities such as food, clothing, and supplies.
  • Coal is still being transported throughout Glen Alum today.
Hatfield, Judy. glenalum.com. Memories of Glen Alum. October 12, 2011. Accessed September 21, 2017. http://www.glenalum.com/.