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Bluefield in Mercer County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bluefield

 
 
Bluefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 16, 2015
1. Bluefield Marker
Inscription. Bluefield is on land which John Davidson patented in 1774. With Richard Bailey he built a fort about 1777. Later he was killed by the Indians. The home, built by Joseph Davidson in 1811, is still standing.
 
Location. 37° 16.017′ N, 81° 13.3′ W. Marker is in Bluefield, West Virginia, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of Bland Street (U.S. 52) and High Street and Federal Street, on the right on Bland Street. Click for map. It is in front of the Elizabeth Kee Federal Building, where the main post office is located. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Federal St, Bluefield WV 24701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elizabeth Kee (a few steps from this marker); Bluefield State Teacher’s College (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bluefield State College (approx. 0.8 miles away); Andrew Davidson (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bluefield College (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia);
Bluefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 16, 2015
2. Bluefield Marker
Engagement at Falls Mills (approx. 5 miles away in Virginia); West Virginia / Mercer County (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Birth of Pinnacle Rock State Park (approx. 5.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bluefield.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Bluefield, West Virginia. “Beneath the land of the Davidsons and Baileys lay the largest and richest deposit of bituminous coal in the world—the soft burning coal which was ripe for fueling the industrial machines of the developing world. The first seam was discovered in nearby Pocahontas, Virginia in the backyard of Jordan Nelson which was, in the words of President Frederick Kimball of the Norfolk and Western Company, the ‘most spectacular find on the continent and indeed perhaps of the entire planet.’ The seam is also mentioned in Thomas Jefferson's "Notes on the State of Virginia", but it was not mined until 1890.” (Submitted on November 10, 2015.) 
 
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Bluefield Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 16, 2015
3. Bluefield Historic District Marker
“Property in this District has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. 1992.”
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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