Nellis in Boone County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion
Saturday November 6, 1943 7:00 p.m.
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Erected 1997 by Boone County Historic Landmark Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is November 6, 1943.
Location. 38° 9.029′ N, 81° 44.628′ W. Marker is in Nellis, West Virginia, in Boone County. Marker is on Memorial Drive near Ridgeview-Nellis Road (County Route 1), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Memorial Dr, Nellis WV 25142, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 milesNellis / ARMCO Coal (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Camp (approx. 3.3 miles away); John Edward Kenna (approx. 3.3 miles away); Coal Discovered (approx. 3.6 miles away); Peytona (approx. 3.7 miles away); Robert Hager (approx. 6.8 miles away); Madison (approx. 7.1 miles away); Boone County Courthouse (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Also see . . . American Rolling Mill Company Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion. Excerpt:
The normal employment of Nellis No. 3 is 260, but Superintendent A. E. Oakley said the blast occurred when only 28 were at work.(Submitted on August 3, 2019.)
Shortly after the explosion, which was so severe it ripped clothing from the miners’ bodies, a crowd of about 350 persons, including families and friends of those at work, gathered at the mine mouth and maintained a vigil until early this morning when the last bodies were removed.
Today, this little Boone County mining town was quiet as mourning widows and children prepared for burial services. Most of the miners will be buried at Madison, although Connor said the body of Turkovich would be taken to Niles, Ohio, for interment.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.