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Man in Logan County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Buffalo Creek Disaster

 
 
Buffalo Creek Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, August 20, 2008
1. Buffalo Creek Disaster Marker
Inscription. One of worst floods in US occurred here 26 February 1972, when Buffalo Mining Co. impoundment dam for mine waste broke, releasing over 130 million gallons of black waste water: killed 125; property losses over $50 million; and thousands left homeless. Three commissions placed blame on ignored safety practices. Led to 1973 Dam Control Act and $13.5 million class action legal settlement in 1974.
 
Erected 2005 by WV Celebration 2000, West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
 
Location. 37° 45.051′ N, 81° 52.043′ W. Marker is in Man, West Virginia, in Logan County. Marker is on Main Street (County Route 16) just north of Ball Park Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Man WV 25635, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hatfield Cemetery (approx. 7.5 miles away); Battle of Blair Mountain (approx. 8.8 miles away); Logan (approx. 9.4 miles away); Chesapeake and Ohio Kanawha (approx. 12.5 miles away); Chesapeake & Ohio - 2755 Steam Locomotive (approx. 12.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry. “Dam #3, constructed
Buffalo Creek Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, August 20, 2008
2. Buffalo Creek Disaster Marker
Photo taken looking south on Main Street in Man or County Route 16, Buffalo Creek is located to the left of the marker, but is difficult to see due to vegetation.
of coarse mining refuse dumped into the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek starting in 1968, failed first, following heavy rains. The water from Dam #3 then overwhelmed Dams #2 and #1. Dam #3 had been built on top of coal slurry sediment that had collected behind dams # 1 and #2, instead of on solid bedrock. Dam #3 was approximately 260 feet above the town of Saunders when it failed.” (Submitted on February 25, 2017.) 

2. Buffalo Creek Dam Disaster.
(Submitted on February 25, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Buffalo Creek Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, August 20, 2008
3. Buffalo Creek Memorial Park
About 1/4 mile north of the marker is a small park dedicated in 1996 as memorial to the individuals who lost their lives in the flood.
Buffalo Creek Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, August 20, 2008
4. Buffalo Creek Memorial Park
Stone Monument to the left contains the names of the individuals who lost their lives in the flood.
Buffalo Creek Memorial Park Stone Monument image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, August 20, 2008
5. Buffalo Creek Memorial Park Stone Monument
List of names of those individuals who lost their lives during the flood.
Aerial View of Buffalo Creek Area, West Virginia, taken after failure of dam #3 image. Click for full size.
U.S. Government Photograph via Wikipedia Commons, February 27, 1972
6. Aerial View of Buffalo Creek Area, West Virginia, taken after failure of dam #3
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,234 times since then and 148 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on . • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on February 25, 2017.
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