Watch now (1 min) | These Appalachian towns aren’t collapsing due to mismanagement. They were built to extract natural resources that are no longer extractable, and they were too far from any other economic activity to pivot, so the inhabitants left behind their nice brick buildings and moved on, just like the abandoned gold-rush towns of Nevada and Arizona.
Interesting you mention this.
WV hit my radar a few weeks ago when a youtube video popped up about this exact situation you describe and I had the exact same thought. I am already in one of those red states but WV sure does look like it has some nice scenery.