A marvelous group of historical photographs, which document the history and way of life in numerous coal camps. Back when “Coal was King,” new towns sprang up, and fortunes were earned almost overnight. Almost as quickly, many of the mines closed down and the towns either disappeared without a trace or became ghost towns. Counties represented are Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming, Boone, Logan, and Mercer. In Coal Towns, Stevenson preserves the memory of an era that no longer exists, but which indelibly shaped the state of West Virginia.