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JIM'S Main Street, Bramwell WV. has seen better days. Much better. In fact, Bramwell is best known for having the largest number of millionaires per capita of any town in America in the late 1800s. Bramwell once had as many as thirteen millionaires living there at one time in the early 20th century. There are still many mansions in this area that stand as a testament to it's (once) large wealth. " In 1873 the extensive West Virginia coal fields started in Bramwell and extended over forty miles. Bramwell's wealth was supported by the Pocahontas coalfields, which employed 100,000 miners. At one time, the Norfolk & Western railroad had 14 trains a day stopping in Bramwell ". Then the depression hit. Then a large fire. Then came the recent and on going " War On Coal". All these elements have combined and closed a large number of coal mines in this area of the country. Bramwell is trying to put on a brave face, spruce up it's Main Street and try to promote tourism. But working in a hotel or restaurant does not pay the bills like coal mining once did. Such a shame. (photo © 2015 Kyle Wilson) More info> http://www.bramwellwv.com/history.html ------------------------------------