Camp Status:

Begin Year: 
End Year: 
Late 1940s
Latitude: 37.135000000000
Longitude: -82.825000000000

Belcraft was a small camp located on Sandlick Creek in Letcher County, on State Hwy. 931 just north of Marlowe.  It may have been an outgrowth of the Marlowe mining operations, but I am not certain of that.  It was already abandoned in the 1950s, when I was a child in Whitesburg.  There was (and may still be) a community road sign for Belcraft as one drove north on Hwy 931 from Whitesburg up Sandlick Creek.  Last references to Belcraft as a mining location is that Southeast Coal Company (now defunct) operated a tipple at Belcraft as late as the 1980s.  Quoting from the site : "Finishing out the Sand Lick Branch had been SouthEast Coal Company's first tipple.  The Belcraft Tipple had sat at the end of the line on a multi-track, 60 car siding known only as "Belcraft". This tipple loaded coal from mines on Persimmon, Fairchild and Long Creeks and survived until the mid eighties."  KY Hometown Locator ( has a brief listing of Belcraft as a "populated place".   In the 1940 census, part of Belcraft was in ED 67-21; remainder was in ED 67-19.

     -submitted by Dan C. Mohn on 5/28/2014  Dan's Highland Homepage website:


Location of Belcraft submitted by Dan C. Mohn on 5/28/2014

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