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Most of the lumber camps that harvested 8.5 million acres of West Virginia's virgin forest had faded into history when John Raine built Rainelle in the Meadow River basin in 1909. By recruiting workers of high morale and character, many of them highly skilled, Rainelle became noted as "the best hardwood sawmill town in the country" and "a town built to carry on." Through vintage photographs, Rainelle shares stories of the four generations who built and operated a prosperous Meadow River Lumber Company for 60 years, using the entire tree "from bark to bird's nest," and their descendants who continue building the town decades after the mill's closing. Rainelle captures founders and lumber workers, preachers and physicians, war heroes and athletes, businesses and churches, schools and recreation, as well as that spice of West Virginia life, politics and government.
ISBN: 9781467122009
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: West Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 195
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The Honorable Andrea J. Pendleton is mayor of the Town of Rainelle, West Virginia, and Autumn G. Shelton is a social studies teacher and writer. Joan C. Browning is the mayor's special assistant and an acclaimed writer, historian, and Freedom Rider who was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Photographs came from private collections and public archives.
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