Virginian in 1909--Winding gulf
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
October 1, 1909
FIRST COAL SHIPPED FROM WINDING GULF
Nineteen Mile Branch Line Is Practically Completed by the Virginian Railroad [sic]
The first coal to be loaded from the famous Winding Gulf section of Raleigh county was shipped this week from the plant of the Gulf Smokeless Coal Company at Gulf. There are six coal operations now located on the Gulf, and all will shortly be in shape to begin shipping coal.
The Virginian Railway has completed nineteen miles of road on their branch which starts from Mullins [sic], although ten miles of this trackage is without ballast.
Work on the Winding Gulf side of the big lease of the E. E. White Coal Company was commenced several weeks since, and excellent progress is being made.
The report that the Virginian was operating a daily train from Mullins up the branch is erroneous, as they only run a mixed train, which makes three trips a week on a very uncertain schedule.
It is also reported here that the Chesapeake and Ohio people have commenced work on their branch road up Tommys Creek. This branch will tap a great coal territory, which is also immensely wealthy in timber.
The Wm. Ritter Company is making preparations to log the timber from the Winding Gulf section. The greater portion of it will be brought to Fitzpatrick, where the large band mill of that concern is located, at which place it will be sawed into lumber.
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