Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Kempton, West Virginia

This picture was taken in 1939, and shows Kempton, West Virginia. Kempton was a coal mining town. The car in the foreground is a Model T Ford. 


  1. That car looks beat all to crap.
    If the photo was from 1939, it really wasn't that old yet and should look better thatn that. But who knows, it may have seen some real rough useage.

    Have you got your sky crane out there yet and finished up the panels?

  2. PJM: I love this photo. Good choice. Any idea who the photographer is?

  3. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

    Info per

  4. Tina Slaubaugh/John Blizzard SlaubaughDecember 8, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    My husband's grandmother, grandfather, mother, aunts and uncles lived in this mining town. There are many photos of them. The last name is Blizzard. I downloaded many of the pictures over the years. Some still live in the Oakland Maryland area, some in Manassas Virginia and Fredericksburg Virginia.

    1. Sheila (Shrout) ChapmanAugust 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Hi Tina,

      My great grandparents lived in Kempton. They were Grant & Lucretia King. Grant also had a brother, "Billy" that also lived and worked there. There were quite a few Kings that lived there. Would you (or your husband) happen to have any information/photos with any of the King families in them? I belive they may have known some of the Blizzard family. There is also a book...Where the Potomac Begins by Gilbert Gude that has some photos and information about Kempton, including the Blizzards. Thanks. (I grew up in Manassas Virgina).

  5. I'm Larry W. Lewis, Son of Carl, Adulphus Emory Lewis, Father of Carl. Almost all of my family lived and worked in Kempton in early 1900's. Jordans, Blizzards, Morelands, Kings, Laughrys. I know a lot about area. I helped my uncle Russel (Bid) Lewis tear down some of the houses on the hill after mine had closed.

  6. I am Mark Wilk, grandson of John F. Wilk and son of John B. Wilk. My grandfather worked the mines in Kempton. Started when he was 9 years old. His father killed in mine accident. My father was born in Kempton. I am intested in speaking to anyone who has any information regarding my grandfather or his father who originally moved to Kempton.