Putting Coal On The Map

March 10, 2011
The men of Cobalt Coal Corporation live their lives in and around the town of Welch and Westchester, West Virginia. When Coal premieres on Spike, Wednesday, March 30 at 10PM/9c, you'll quickly see that they work hard and they play hard. When the time comes to hang up their hard hat for the day, it's all about the good food and great entertainment the area has to offer.

Be sure to check back throughout the season as we update the map with other key locations from Coal.

Sterling's Grill - This classic drive-in restaurant is where you'll find dozens of mud-covered ATVs waiting off Route 16 to get at the well-grilled and mouth-watering food that has made Sterling's a true Welch destination since 1945.

McDowell County Court House - The famous Welch courthouse was originally built in with the first half constructed in 1893-34 in the Romanesque revival style, and the latter half in 1909 as an addition meant to compliment the original construction. Designed by Frank Pierce Milburn, a prolific designer of courthouses in the southern states, the court house gained notoriety when, on August 1, 1921 detectives from the Baldwin-Felts agency assassinated Matewan Police Chief Sid Hatfield as well as Ed Chambers. The incident and the story of Matewan was later detailed in the Academy Award-nominated film about coal miner unions, director John Sayles' Matewan.

Jimmy's Hardware - Located only a few miles from the Cobalt mine, this family-owned hardware store services the men of Coal and their families.

DB's X-Clusive - Known as one of southern West Virginia's finest dining experiences, DB's-Xclusive is also been listed as one of the "101 unique places to dine" in the state.

Marquee Cinemas - This Welch triplex theater keeps the ticket prices relatively low in comparison to those of the big cities. Only $7.25 for regular admission and $5.50 for matinees. Marquee has "early bird" specials and even Family Nights on Tuesdays, when the whole family can get in for one great low price.

The Cobalt Office - This is where CEO Mike Crowder and company president Tom Roberts make their home. The company itself is a metallurgical coal acquisition and development company focusing on the Appalachian region of the USA. In addition to this Welch-based field office, Cobalt has its head office in Calgary, Alberta, Canada making it a truly international company.

The Cobalt Mine -The Westchester mine is currently the base of mining operations for Cobalt Coal, though the company is currently planning on building out a Westchester Expansion. Both of these mines contain high grade metallurgical coal with several drill holes and outcrop samples confirming the presence, and quality of coal.

Starting Wednesday, March 30 at 10PM/9C, you can see all these great West Virginia locations when the new original series Coal premieres on Spike, and be sure to follow Coal on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest show updates and exclusive content.