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The town of Boomer grew up around the coal industry. A large, five to six-foot-thick seam of coal running through the hills above Boomer drew mining operations as early as 1896. The Kanawha and Michigan Railroad's completion from Malden to Gauley Bridge allowed the formation of Boomer Coal and Coke operation, whose three mines were some of the most productive in the district.

Labor to extract this coal was recruited in the form of Italian immigrants, as opposed to American-born Union workers. This influx of Italian workers caused Boomer to be known as "little Italy," having the largest percentage of Italians of any town in the state.

Today, Italian influences can still be seen in the brightly colored hillside homes that originated as company houses.

St. Anthony's Shrine
Rt. 60; 304.442.2101/304.779.2561
Established in 1928, built with Italian cut limestone. Beautiful stained glass windows. Nearby parish house was once the mine superintendent's house.

For over 100 years, travelers along the Midland Trail have caught an occasional glimpse of furnace flames blazing from behind the factory walls at West Virginia Alloys. As one of Fayette County's largest employers, West Virginia Alloys has many employees stoking the same furnaces as their fathers and grandfathers.

West Virginia Alloys has become the world's largest silicon metal plant, and most of the world's computers contain chips made with high-quality silicon refined at Alloy.