Old Clinchco Post Office — Dickenson County, Virginia

Back at the height of the coal boom in the early part of the 20th century Clinchco had approximately 3500 miners in the town alone.


This is the only coal company building still remaining in Clinchco and at one time or another housed a bank, barber shop, company offices, printing press, school rooms, mortuary, and post office.


Today, Clincho is a shell of its former self.  The school has closed but the post office remains in operation at a different location.

Clinchco Elementary, Clinchco, Virginia


Clinchco, and all of Dickenson County, Virginia is a very interesting place to me.  Dickenson County is the youngest of the Virginia counties.  It was formed in 1880 from portions of Wise, Buchanan and Russell Counties.

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Back when I first started with my fascination of exploring rural areas and more specifically coal mining areas I ran across Dickenson County and the small town of Clinchco specifically on a cold March morning in 2008.


on that day I explored the tiny town of Clinchco which sits along side state route 83 and the McClure River.    While I was driving through I just really was captivated by the rugged feel of the town.  I started following the news coming out of Clinchco and Dickenson County.


I remembered the school and how new-like it seemed and had hoped it would remain open for the town.  Then I got to reading about the flood proofing going on in town and all of the contracts with the Army Corp of Engineers.  For some reason, this school was built in the 100 year flood plain.  Why?  I have no idea.  The plan was to replace this school and the school at Sandlick with a consolidated school out of the flood plan.IMG_0406

then  in 2011 many Virginia school divisions, including Dickenson County were faced with deep budget cuts.  The enrollment at Clinchco Elementary had fallen to 164 and on July 20, 2011 in a 4-0 vote the Dickenson County Board of Education voted to close the school.  School boundaries were redrawn and students from Clincho were divided among Sandlick and Ervinton.


According to sources I have found online from press releases and such from teh US Army Corp of Engineers, as part of the flood proofing project and work going on in Dickenson County, this building will be demolished.  Such a shame that the building has to be tore down and destroyed.  ScreenHunter_600 Sep. 16 21.50

The building and grounds seem to remain relatively untouched since it was closed in 2011.


Who knows how many days left this building has to be standing.  Im very happy to be able to provide these images and documentation to what was Clinchco Elementary School.

****UPDATE**** December 22, 2016:  Thanks to a facebook friend I have learned that the school at Clinchco has been demolished and the lot completely cleared.