After Mining

There are a variety of economic development uses for former mine lands. Here are three from vision to reality...

The Twisted Gun golf course near Gilbert, West Virginia, opened to the public in August 2002. Due to the steep terrain of the area, Twisted Gun is the only 18-hole course in a three-county region. The golf course is 7,010-yards, links-style and oriented to take advantage of the prevailing winds.
    
The only arctic char fish hatchery east of the Mississippi uses cold, pure water from Arch’s Mingo Logan mine. More than 100,000 of these members of the salmon family find this mine water in Thacker Fork, W.Va., perfect for hatching and growing.
    
A Wood Products Industrial Park recently opened on a former Arch Coal mine site in southern West Virginia. The development created 90 new jobs in wood processing and floor manufacturing, with another 130 jobs anticipated.