Charlie the Coal Miner – Shinnston, West Virginia - Atlas Obscura

Charlie the Coal Miner

Shinnston, West Virginia

A 21-foot-tall statue of a miner made of scrap metal stands in this West Virginia coal town. 

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Charlie the Coal Miner is a 21-foot-tall statue made of scrap metal with a functioning lighted miner helmet. This is an awesome piece of art and coal mining history in Shinnston, West Virginia, a former coal town along the West Fork River. The statue was commissioned 1999 as a tribute to a coal miner killed in the mines in 1951. Memorial bricks dedicated to local coal miners surround the statue.

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Located outside the Repair King building. Drive behind Lincoln High school just beyond the baseball field.  

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