Coalwood is a coal-mining town in West Virginia. The coal mines there reached their peak somewhere in the 1960s and shut down in the 1980s. The town is the setting of the best-selling memoir Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam and the movie October Sky based on the book.
Web Sites and Links
Coalwood, West VirginiaPhotos, descriptions, historical information for this and surrounding communities, including railroads and coal mines. Features photos of the actual sites of events in the movie "October Sky," hotel information, and advice for visitors.
Coalwoodmemories.comHistory of the town related by native David Ray Goad. Includes photos of people, places and events, coal company scrip, the flood of 2002, the Goad family, and information about October Sky and West Virginia Day festivals.