Boarded-up homes in abandoned mining town. Twin Branch, West Virginia. Once very nice, owned by Ford. About four years ago when an attempt to organize it was made, Ford closed it down completely rather than have it unionized. Around 1000 men used to work there. They wont sell it, rent or let squatters live in the deserted homes that are rotting away. Twin Branch, West Virginia, 1938. Source: Library of Congress.