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

Jordan Nelsonís Coal Bank

 
 
Jordan Nelsonís Coal Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 16, 2015
1. Jordan Nelsonís Coal Bank Marker
Inscription. Jordan Nelson, blacksmith, dug coal from bank to fuel forge, and made 1st commercial use by selling for 1 cent a bushel in 1870s. In 1873 I. A. Welch surveyed Pocahontas Coalfield for J. Hotchkiss who induced F. J. Kimball, later President of N&W Railroad, to visit site May 1881. Southwest Virginia Improvement Company bought land and opened Pocahontas Mine and shipped coal over N&Wís New River Line built to open coalfield.
 
Erected 1983 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
 
Location. 37° 18.756′ N, 81° 19.958′ W. Marker is near Bramwell, West Virginia, in Mercer County. Marker is on Bramwell-Pocahontas Road (County Route 120), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. It it closer to Pocahontas, Virginia, but is in West Virginia just before the Virginia state line, where Mercer County Route 120 becomes Tazewell County Route 644 on its way to Pocahontas. Marker is in this post office area: Bramwell WV 24715, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pocahontas Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away in Virginia); Pocahontas (approx. 0.2 miles away in Virginia); Abbís Valley (approx. 0.2 miles
Jordan Nelsonís Coal Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 16, 2015
2. Jordan Nelsonís Coal Bank Marker
away in Virginia); Bramwell (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mill Creek Coal & Coke Co. (approx. 0.8 miles away); West Virginia / Mercer County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Pinnacle Rock (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Birth of Pinnacle Rock State Park (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bramwell.
 
Also see . . .  Pocahontas No. 3 Coal Seam. Article by C. Stuart McGehee in the West Virginia Encyclopedia. Excerpt: “Covering some 900 square miles in Mercer, Wyoming, and McDowell counties in West Virginia, and neighboring Tazewell County, Virginia, the rich Pocahontas No. 3 coal seam was first mined by Jordan Nelson, whose backyard coalbank eventually attracted serious interest from the Philadelphia founders of the Norfolk & Western Railway. The N&W completed its line to the Pocahontas, Virginia, location of Nelsonís coalbank in March 1883 and began the rapid industrialization of the region.” (Submitted on November 14, 2015.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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