Resource Extraction Towns

Resource extraction towns are usually located in rural areas near natural resources such as coal, timber, iron ore, lime, clay, minerals, or rivers and fast moving creeks. In resource extraction towns, the industry is important to community life, but it is not the sole economic driver. Often the communities formed prior to the discovery or exploitation of the natural resources, but the industry provided previously unknown boom times for the places. Many resource extraction towns had existing transportation connections and were able to exploit these to deliver mined or manufactured goods to market. Once the natural resources were depleted, the market deteriorated, or the industrial process was automated, resource extraction towns often returned to their original roots as farming communities, gathering places, or transportation hubs. Many retained their railroad tracks, but no longer have reason to use freight service. (From Lost Communities of Virginia, p. 16)

 

Resource Extraction Towns