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July 14, 2021

West Virginia: A Case Study on the Impact of Population Decline

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Meridian Star, Marshall News Messenger, Williston Daily Herald, Brookings Register– There’s nobody here. Read the full article.

Well almost nobody. This unincorporated community is in a magnificent corner of the world, garlanded by mountains, picturesque farms planted along the road, eight miles from not one but two ski areas and a state park that describes itself as a conference center and resort. Mostly the sounds here are of deep silences.

Some 1,085 people live here today. In 1900 — when loggers toiled amid the densely forested hills, a lumber mill sat on Red Creek, the community had its own railroad, and coal mines operated nearby — Dry Fork had a population of 3,224.

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