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Travel into the dark heart of a West Virginia coal mine (PHOTOS)

July 26, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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Tired of this heat? Then go where it's 58 degrees all the time, the Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, W.Va. Just watch out for widowmakers, exploding methane and black lung.

Although in retrospect, this is probably the way most methane-dizzied miners saw things. Here our mining guide lights a carbide lantern.15 Photos
(Photo: WJLA/WJLA/TBD | Date: Jul. 22, 2011)

Fed up with this ridiculous heat, a caravan of us traveled to Beckley, W.Va., this weekend for a tour of the defunct Exhibition Coal Mine. Once a crown jewel in West Virginia's coal industry, the mine today functions as a tourist attraction after closing in 1910. But more importantly, it's a lovely 58 degrees in there every month of the year. As long as you don't stand up or breathe too deeply the mine's a great place to cool off during July in D.C. View its dark and deadly mysteries in this photo gallery.

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