Mullens (HM2LG0)

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N 37° 34.702', W 81° 23.325'

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— America's Byways —— Coal Heritage Trail — National Coal Heritage Area —

Mullens can trace its roots back to 1894 when Andrew Jackson Mullins purchased 65 acres
of land for $345. He soon built a cabin and in 1896 moved his 11 remaining family members
here from McDowell County. The first Post Office was established in 1904, and the town
began to flourish with the arrival of the Virginian Railroad in 1906. Once the Virginian
laid track, Mullens saw rapid growth and expansion,
becoming a hub of activity for the railroad as the coal
mines of the region boomed. The town spread out in every
direction, from the Guyandotte River to the south, Slab
Fork Creek to the west, Third Street to the north, and the
railroad to the east. Mullens became a thriving town as
coal became king and the railroad expanded. The town
was incorporated in 1912. The first coal mine in Wyoming
County opened in 1913 just south of Mullens in Meade
Poca (or South Mullens), and the Virginian opened its division terminal one mile southwest
of town in Elmore.

In the midst of this growth period however, the business section of Mullens suffered three
devastating fires in 1917, 1919, and again in 1920. These fires destroyed almost every business
in town since most of buildings were constructed of wood. After the 1920 fire, city authorities
passed ordinances requiring all buildings be constructed of fire resistant materials

such as
stone or brick.

Once the town was rebuilt, the growth continued as the coal boom lingered. By the mid
1920s, Mullens had three banks, three hotels, and a number of stores. The streets were paved,
water, sewer, and electric services were available, and a total of five passenger trains stopped
in town each day. Mullens served as the retail center for dozens of mines in the Winding
Gulf Coalfield.
HM NumberHM2LG0
Placed ByAmerica’s Byways: Coal Heritage Trail, National Coal Heritage Area
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Date Added Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 465674 N 4159106
Decimal Degrees37.57836667, -81.38875000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.702', W 81° 23.325'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 42.12" N, 81° 23' 19.5" W
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