The history of McComas, WV is closely intertwined with all the areas I have pictures of below. The company towns of Crumpler and Lamar reside just over the mountaintop from McComas in opposite directions. They were owned and operated by the same individuals who ran the McComas operations. Many of the men lived at McComas but may have worked at one of these other two locations. To get to McComas from the Bluefield area one would travel through Montcalm. Matoaka evolved after the turn of the century and became a thriving little town for shopping and recreation for many of the local coal miners and their families. Today its a trip by car but around the turn of the century it may have been by a Norfolk & Western Train or later on a Trailways bus (how they maneuvered those tiny twisted roads between McComas and Matoaka is still a mystery).

Old Authentic Miners Bus photo provided by
Marguarette Sanders Aaronson 2/2004

Check the current day pictures of McComas at the bottom of this page.
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American Coal Company, McComas, WV
General Managers House American Coal Company, McComas, WV

 McComas Unidentified Tipple (old)     Supplied by Cynthia and Ann Sanders - taken from their father American Coal Company Payroll Master/Bookkeeper John Sander's collection - on the back of the photo was written "Coal Tipple at McComas"

Bluefield, WV Norfolk&Western Train Station
Bluefield, WV N&W Train Shop (1944)
Coal car inside mine
Conner Mountain School near McComas, WV
    Supplied by my friend the late Sybil Steel Browning of Conner Mountain, WV
Inside Crane Creek Store, McComas, WV
Crane Creek Tipple
Crane Creek Tipple Crew 1937
Crane Creek Gas Station (H.W. Arrington)
    Supplied by his son Wayne Arrington

United Pocahontas Coal Company, Crumpler, West Virginia
Crumpler/Indian Ridge Mine
Crumpler Tipple
Crumpler Mine Car

Lamar Colleries, near Matoaka, WV(Part of Virginia B. Coal Company)
Outside Lamar Colleries
Lamar Collieries Tipple
Matoaka Train Station Nov 27, 1918

In and Around McComas, WV

 Charles Cromwell Bird and Viola Rose Scott Bird (photo supplied by Sandy Bird Porterfield their granddaughter - Charlie was Store Manager for American Coal Company)

"It was taken in their yard in Crane Creek.  The house in the background belonged to the Watkins.......I don't know their first names except that their daughter was Dana."

 Ted Saddler on the hill above the community building, McComas, WV
 Ted Saddler taken at Sagamore, McComas, WV
McComas Rail Road Tracks This is a Microsoft Word Document [Photograph courtesty of Gordon Howard Jr. (son of Jackie) June 2001.]
McComas PostMistress This is a Microsoft Word Document [Photograph courtesty of Gordon Howard June 2001.]

McComas Gathering Can anyone identify what this McComas Gathering was for?
(McComas Theatre to left [notice Tim McCoy movie playing], McComas Train Station in background, band playing in center of group)
7/11/2001 Email from Ken Bowen:

"Could that McComas gathering have been when Tim McCoy appeared at the McComas Theater in person?  I've heard that western stars Buck Jone and Ken Maynard also appeared there in person."

9/2/2007 Email from Kevin Spicer

 I was browsing your McComas site again and revisited some of the old photos. The one that has interested me for a while is the gathering outside the theater with the Tim McCoy movie. I found this link on the web.

McComas Company Houses 1920
McComas American Coal Co. Car Load Sale 1937
    Supplied by Wayne Arrington
McComas American Coal Company Lab
McComas Commissary Store
McComas Company Doctor William Fitzhugh
McComas Mannering Road Sign  
located at the entrance to Church Hollow at McComas, WV (photo by Pat Smith 3/2007)
McComas Miners Band (1930s)
McComas/Pinnacle Slate Dump Explosion (1920s)
Pinnacle Store, American Coal Company
    Supplied by Sis Laenen
 McComas Theatre Movie Advertisement August 1942
    Supplied by Bob Saddler
Inside Pinnacle Store
McComas Theatre (Outside)
    Supplied by Nancy O'Dell
McComas Theatre (Inside)
    Supplied by Nancy O'Dell
Pinnacle Coal Mine(Vanis Gills working there)
McComas - Thomas Coal Camp(Winter Scene)     Supplied by Sis Laenen
McComas - Thomas Coal Camp
    Supplied by Nancy O'Dell
McComas - Thomas Coal Company Store
    Supplied by Nancy O'Dell
McComas - Thomas Company Store Gas Pumps
    Supplied by Nancy O'Dell (This is Bill Spicer father of Patricia Spicer Smith webmaster of this website and the uncle of Nancy O'Dell standing at the gas pumps out front of the Thomas Coal Company Store probably late 1940s or early 1950s. Notice the railroad tracks going up Pinnacle Hollow in the background along with the Coal Company Shop buildings. The Pinnacle tram tracks were up on the embankment in the rear of the photo.)
McComas - Thomas Coal Camp 1964(Cora Huffman & Mickey Spicer - our favorite ball field in the rear (the old slate dump) - the house in rear was the home of Mr. Wiekel (Thomas Company Store Manager) and later the Parsonage for the local Thomas Penicostal Holiness Church at one time - our favorite sledding place was that long driveway going up to the house) Mildred Sigmond Walker remembered working at the Thomas Store and climbing those long steps up to Mr. Wiekels house when she would be invited up for lunch. Probably at least 100 steps and they went straight up the steep hillside.
McComas - Thomas Coal Tipple
McComas Red Hollow aerial view after restoration
McComas Sagamore Store
McComas Sagamore Tipple

Norfolk & Western Railroad
Norfolk & Western Train(McComas daily runs)
N&W Bluefield Train Yard 1944
N&W Train Station, Bluefield, WV
Mr. & Mrs McMillan McComas, WV Train Depot Station Master and his wife
Ole Luke who worked at the McComas, WV Train Depot Station Master
W.H. Thomas - McComas Coal Baron
Isaac T. Mann - McComas Coal Baron
Montcalm Train Depot

1950/60s Entertainment - Skyway DriveIn Movie Theatre at Brushfork

Bank of Matoaka
Main Street of Matoaka (almost all boarded up)
Old Road between Matoaka & Giatto (N&W RailRoad - this is also the road to McComas via Giatto, Weyanoke, Conner Mountain, Thomas, and Pinnacle)
Horseshoe Turn, Conner Mountain
Catholic Church, McComas, WV
Pinnacle Elementary School, 2001(house to left of the school is also in the 1920s McComas/Pinnacle Slate Dump Explosion picture above - the school and this road were built over the explosion debry. The green roadside to the left goes up to the Harman Cemetary.)
WindMill Gap Store (they were advertising beans and cornbread on that marquee out front)
View of McComas from WindMill Gap (Crane Creek, Sagamore, then McComas looking outward)
Sagamore Store(sat to the left of the bridge/road - Sagamore Hollow to the right is now a dam)
McComas High School Steps (if you can see them through the trees - 41 years after closing)
McComas Methodist Church (a shell of what it used to be - to the right take the road to go up to Sagamore and Crane Creek. The Community Center sat in right hand side of the picture - beside it would have been the theatre, and Catholic Church. To the left of the picture was where the Post Office and Train Depot were.)
McComas Community Center Site (Site of where Community Center once sat - wall and sidewalk still remain. The Catholic Church is to the left.)
McComas Houses Today (Coke Road, Pinnacle)
Electric Shop leaving Sagamore (all that remains at the Crane Creek Tipple area - the American Coal Co. Tipple sat on the left below this shop. taken May 2001)
Remains of original garages (built for residents at Pinnacle)
Thomas May 2001 (coming off Conner's Mt)
McComas Pioneer Coal Miner