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Kay Moor, West Virginia

Kay Moor
Kay Moor, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Kay Moor, West Virginia
Location Fayette County, West Virginia
Nearest city Fayetteville, West Virginia
Built 1900
Architect Low Moor Iron Co.; New River & Pocahontas Consolidated
Architectural style Mining structures
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference # 90001641
Added to NRHP November 08, 1990[1]

Kay Moor, also known as Kaymoor, is the site of an abandoned

  • Kaymoor Coal Mine, South side of New River, upstream of New River Gorge, Fayetteville vicinity, Fayette County, WV: 20 drawings, 76 photos, 34 data pages, 5 photo caption pages, 3 color transparencies, at Historic American Engineering Record
  • Kaymoor at New River Gorge National River
  • Kaymoor Ruins at

External links

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ "Kaymoor".  
  3. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey (1976). Fayetteville, West Virginia quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5-Minute Series (Topographic).
  4. ^ a b c d e f Sharon A. Brown (July 13, 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Kay Moor" (pdf). National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "Mountain Haulage display (photograph)".  
  6. ^ "Biographical/Historical Information". A Guide to the Papers of the Low Moor Iron Company. University of Virginia. 2009-01-21. 
  7. ^ ISBN .
  8. ^ West Virginia Department of Transportation (2008). General Highway Map: Fayette County, West Virginia (Map).
  9. ^ a b "Canyon Rim Trails".  


See also

Kaymoor Top is accessible from Kaymoor No. 1 Road (County Route 9/2).[8] At Kaymoor Top is a trailhead for the Kaymoor Miners Trail, which provides the most direct access to the Kaymoor Mine level (via stairs and switchbacks), and then to Kaymoor Bottom via stairs.[9] The Kaymoor Mine level is also accessible via the 2-mile (3.2 km) long, relatively flat, Kaymoor Trail; a trailhead is located on County Route 82.[3][9]

Visiting Kay Moor

The site is now extensively overgrown and obscured by foliage. Structures and machinery have deteriorated due to the corrosive interaction of coal dust and rainwater, while the bench level was salvaged in 1980-81. Despite this, the site retains significant amounts of mining machinery and is considered one of the most complete examples of an integrated coal mine and company town in West Virginia.[4] The entire Kay Moor site is now located within the boundaries of [7]

Kay Moor today

The mine itself was a room and pillar mine that was first worked with mule-drawn railcars. Locomotives later supplanted the mules.[4]

HAER drawing of Kay Moor headhouse

The mine was connected to the town by a single-track incline which lifted workers and equipment up a 1,000-foot (300 m) slope at a thirty-degree incline. Coal was moved along a similar double-track incline, which lowered coal to the processing plant and the coke ovens, with the cars or monitors moving in opposite directions and partially counterbalancing each other. Both inclines operated until 1962. Initial operations included 120 coking ovens, which were increased to 202 ovens during World War I. All of the beehive ovens closed in the 1930s, as they had become obsolete.[4]

The town was named for James Kay, a Low Moor Iron Company employee who was in charge of building the town. Fifty houses were built in 1901, followed by 45 in 1902 and 17 in 1905. A suburb, called New Camp, was built in 1918-1919 with another 19-24 houses, and represents the only extant town site remaining. Kay Moor town's public facilities were spartan, with no churches, saloons, banks or town hall, only pairs of segregated schools at top and bottom, company stores, a pool hall and a ball field. By 1952 Kaymoor Bottom had been abandoned, and in 1960 most of its structures were destroyed by fire.[4]

The mine property was purchased in 1873 by Abiel Abbot Low, managing director of the Low Moor Iron Company in Low Moor, Virginia, which was to be the mine's chief client.[6] The property was kept in reserve until 1899, when the Kay Moor mine was opened to supply coal and coke to the company's blast furnaces. In 1925 the mine was sold to the New River and Pocahontas Consolidated Coal Company, a subsidiary of the Berwind-White Corporation of Philadelphia.[4]



  • History 1
  • Kay Moor today 2
  • Visiting Kay Moor 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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