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Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion

 
 
Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
1. Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion Marker
Inscription.  An explosion underground at Montcoal in western Raleigh County on April 5th, 2010 took the lives of 29 miners listed below:

Deceased Miners
Carl C Acord, 52, Roof Bolter Operator
Jason M. Atkins, 25, Roof Bolter Operator
Christopher L. Bell, Sr., 33, Longwall Utility
Gregory S. Brock, 47, Electrician
Kenneth A. Chapman, 53, Roof Bolter Operator
Robert E. Clark, 41, Continuous Miner Operator
Charles T. Davis, 51, Longwall Foreman
Cory T. Davis, 20, Underground Apprentice
Michael L. Elswick, 56, Beltman Foreman
William T. Griffith, 54, Continuous Miner Operator
Steven J. Harrah, 40, Assistant Mine Foreman
Edward D. Jones, 50, Assistant Mine Foreman
Richard K. Lane, 45, Longwall Foreman
William R. Lynch, 59, Shuttle Car Operator
Joe Marcum, 57, Continuous Miner Operator
Ronald L Maynor, 31, Scoop Operator
Nicholas D. McCroskey, 26, Underground Apprentice
James E. Mooney, 51, Shuttle Car Operator
Adam K. Morgan, 21, Underground Apprentice
Rex L. Mullins, 50, Headgate Operator
Joshua S. Napper, 26, Underground Apprentice
Four Markers and a War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
2. Four Markers and a War Memorial
This marker is the first to the right of the war memorial.
Howard D. Payne, 53, Roof Bolter Operator
Dillard E. Persinger, 32, Shield Operator
Joel R. Price, 55, Shearer Operator
Gary W. Quarles, Jr., 33,Shearer Operator
Deward A. Scott, 58, Shuttle Car Operator
Grover D. Skeens, 57, Maintenance Foreman
Benny R. Willingham, 61, Roof Bolter Operator
Ricky L. Workman, 31, Shuttle Car Operator

Injured Miners
Timothy Blake, 56, Roof Bolter Operator
James K. Woods, 54, Electrician

What is remembered lives on.

 
Erected by Raleigh County Historic Landmarks Commission and Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 46.641′ N, 81° 11.383′ W. Marker is in Beckley, West Virginia, in Raleigh County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and South Heber Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 Main St, Beckley WV 25801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Raleigh County (a few steps from this marker); Eccles Mine Explosions (a few steps from this marker); Beckley (a few steps from this marker); The Attar Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Beckley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Superintendent's House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bachelorís Shanty (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beckley.
 
Also see . . .  Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial. This memorial and adjacent interpretive markers provide deep detail into this disaster. (Submitted on August 22, 2019.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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