WELCOME AWAITS ALL AT THE NEW TOWN OF MICO
Mico is growing and Mico is going to be one of West Virginia’s best and most up-to-date mining towns. There are now one hundred houses here, and another hundred are under construction. There are also two pool rooms and a motion picture theatre in which to secure entertainment and while the hours away pleasantly.
The Main Island Creek Coal company conducts in this section one of the best stores, pool rooms and barber shops on the creek; they are well lighted, sanitary, bright and new. The pool room contains three fine tables and the barber shop is equipped with two chairs and all modern appliances and conveniences. There is also a reading room where the public may go and look over the newspapers and periodicals free of charge.
J.A. Roberts, formerly of Barnabus, is now installed as manager of the poolroom and barbershop and is working diligently to provide satisfactory service for his large and growing trade.
It is true that there are no sidewalks or hard roads here at this time, but such improvements are contemplated and may be expected soon. The people of Mico are looking forward to the time when the locality will be one of the model mining camps of the entire state, and they are confident and we will enjoy having you here.
It is a pleasure to come up to the pool room and play in a nice, clean, well-managed place, get a slick shave and hair cut, and then go home and greet the family with a smile and a kiss and not go in drunk, ragged and with hair long and unkempt, growl at the little ones and the wife. Nothing like that goes here. We are trying to live happily and make the other fellow happy by smiles. Come and see us. You will enjoy your visit and we will enjoy having you here.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 4 May 1916.
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In the 1890s, land speculators James L. Caldwell, a banker from Huntington, C.W. Campbell, an attorney from Huntington, and John Q. Dickinson, a banker from Charleston, acquired many acres of land on Dingess Run and Rum Creek. The trio procured some of Logan County’s finest coal lands with six accessible seams of coal. They formed the Dingess-Rum Coal Company in June of 1903 to administer their lands, which totaled over 26,000 acres. They surveyed a railroad bed up Dingess Run and laid the cross-ties, leaving only the rails to be laid by the C&O Railroad, which occurred by late 1906. From there, the railroad extended up Right Fork and Left Fork (Ethel Hollow). At the juncture of the two forks, the company town of Ethel, named for the daughter or wife of an early coal operator, was established around 1907. In 1923, the town was populated by 2000 residents.
Ethel was originally located at the mouth of Left Fork (now Ethel Hollow) of Dingess Run. Today, Ethel includes Camp Branch, Freeze Fork (town and stream), Rockcamp Branch, Rockhouse Branch (now Georges Creek), Mash Branch (formerly Wanda), and Bearwallow Branch (formerly Red Campbell). It is situated at the base of Blair Mountain.