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A journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections

Boarded-up homes in abandoned mining town, Twin Branch, West Virginia, 1938

Emory University
Emory University
Farm Security Administration
Published May 17, 2012
Marion Post Wolcott, Boarded-up homes in abandoned mining town, Twin Branch, Virginia, 1938.
This photograph from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Black and White Negatives collection, taken in September 1938 by Marion Post Wolcott, carried the following caption: "Boarded-up homes in abandoned mining town. Twin Branch, West Virginia. Once very nice, owned by Ford. About four years ago when an attempt to organize it was made, Ford closed it down completely rather than have it unionized. Around 1000 men used to work there. They won't sell it, rent or let 'squatters' live in the deserted homes that are rotting away." LC-USF34-050274-E.