Lost To Death

In its heyday, Welch, West Virginia was known as “Little New York” and the “nation’s coal bin.” But with a decrease in the demand for coal and miners, the county has lost 80,000 people since 1950. Ed Shepard has owned and operated his service station in Welch for 62 years and has seen his town transform from a bustling city to a ghost town. Despite lack of business, the 89-year-old still opens his store daily. He says his life at the station gives him purpose. Short film from Hollow.