Matewan Question

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Thu Jul 28 09:14:19 EDT 2005

I'll take a shot at this. On the way home from said convention, I was
tagging along with Gordon Hamilton and Ron Davis. There was a place that
looked like this where the tunnel was put through later. The oxbow was the
original. The location we looked at still had the 'oxbow' track (the
original main) in as a spur to a mine. We saw so many places and I was
enthralled by all of it. It's kinda running all together!
Charlie Long

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A question left over from the Williamson Convention: I was given both
answers at the time and trying to get to the 'right' one. Did the original
N & W main line west of Matewan go around the oxbow by way of Lobata, or was
the tunnel across the neck of the oxbow part of the original construction ?

>From the USGS map, there is only a one mile gap from the end of the present

mine spur to the east portals of the tunnel.

Jerome Crosson
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