For McDowell County, at the southern tip of West Virginia, the failure of First National Bank of Keystone was just another piece of bad news.

The county prospered when the coal mines were booming, but today it is racked by poverty and has lost three-quarters of its peak population. Along Highway 52, the main thoroughfare, homes are boarded up like the Florida coast during hurricane season.

Limited Time Offer

Save $400 off your subscription. Special offer ends April 30, 2017.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.