Welch, West Virginia
Welch, the county seat of McDowell County is approximately seven miles north of Coalwood.
The movie Matewan (www.imdb.com/title/tt0093509) deals with Mingo County, West Virginia, in the 1920s. (Mingo County is just to the west of McDowell County.) Matewan tells the story of coal miners, struggling to form a union, who are up against company operators and gun thugs. One of the people portrayed in the movie was Police Chief Sid Hatfield. Hatfield and his deputy (Ed Chambers) were shot down by Baldwin-Felts agents on the steps leading up the court house pictured above in August 1921. The bullet pock marks are still evident there.