What I was told was the people in the depression would climb on the coal cars…throw off the lumps of coal then jump off and fill up burlap bags, take it home to heat their houses. The railroad engineers gave the name to ape yard. I don’t really think it had anything to do about black and white but maybe at that time more black lived in that area than whites. It is still called aping a train no matter what race you are.
This area was one of the first coal yards in this part of the state.
s r dumb as bricks, there was a hotel where ape yard store is, this was the main road the buss came through 490 picked people up and took them on the way, where castles is was the coal yard, they used horses to pull sleds with coal, guess what my great grandfather who was a owner of a large coal yard and owned most of Arthur ridge and he was black, he sold a lot of land off, but we were told by a attorney said that even though he sold the land he kept the mineral rights, so some place in EB, we own the mineral right on 109 acres. and how the name ape yard came about is because they used the horses to pull the sleds after the coal was dug put on cart and loaded away. that is called aping coal, i have a old picture of this coal yard, with men holding the rains of the mules and pulling these coal sleds.why people think its because of blacks, lets look know who has the most hair on their body, ha