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Coal country tour operator plans expansion - WVPubcast.org

 

A West Virginia native with an interest in coal mine history is getting ready for his second year offering tours to the state’s southern coal fields.

Doug Estepp started Coal Country Tours last year and took more than 75 people to southern West Virginia on two trips to see where coal mine history was made.

Estepp hopes bringing people to this region of the state will give them a better understanding of its people and culture.

“We labor under a lot of stereotypes, the feuding hillbillies or the violent mountaineer,” Estepp said.

“But I think what you’ll find out is that West Virginians were actually very restrained in their response to a lot of these things that happened, a lot of the history that was forced upon them.”

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