Glen Jean School
Backstory and Context
Founded in the early 1870s Glen Jean, WV was a town rich in coal. The town was founded by Thomas McKell after he purchased the land once he found out about the lands rich coal properties. A neighboring town, Thurmond, was in competition with Glen Jean’s coal mining industry. McKell leased coal mining rights from Collins Colliery Company and began trying to develop the area into a thriving coal industry. In order to maintain the coal industry in Glen Jean, McKell needed to build a community for his workers. He started forming the community by building a railroad connecting Glen Jean and rival town Thurmond. McKell’s next step was constructing a hotel, gambling hall and school.
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