Whitesville in Boone County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial
Come to Me All Those Who Labor and I Will Give You Rest
— Dedicated July 27, 2012 —
Planned, developed, and funding raised by The Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group, Inc., Sheila Combs — President, Michael Gwinn II — Vice President, Pamela Miller — Treasurer. Project Designed by Rob Dinsmore, ASLA; Chapman Technical Group. Built by Pray Construction. Made possible by contributions from Alpha Natural Resources and over 100 other corporate partners.
Carl Acord, 52 • Jason Atkins, 25 • Christopher Bell, 33 • Gregory Steven Brock, 47 • Kenneth Allen Chapman, 53 • Robert Clark, 41 • Charles Timothy Davis, 51 • Cory Davis, 20
Surviving the Explosion
Tim Blake • James Woods
Erected 2012 by The Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker memorial is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources.
Location. 37° 58.801′ N, 81° 32.074′ W. Marker is in Whitesville, West Virginia, in Boone County. Marker is on Cial River Road (West Virginia Route 3) west of Bridge Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Whitesville WV 25209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion (within shouting distance of this marker); West Virginia Coal Mine DisastersBig Coal River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Coal River (about 600 feet away); The Whitesville School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mary Ingles (approx. 13 miles away); Standard, WV (approx. 13.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Whitesville.
More about this memorial. From the memorial’s website:
On the reverse side is a brief history of coal in West Virginia [illustrated with a large number of images etched into the granite] ... The monument was designed by Rob Dinsmore of Chapman Technical Group in St. Albans, West Virginia. Engineering of the monument's extensive base and etching was done by Rock of Ages in Graniteville, Vermont. Completion of the monument took nearly seven months at a cost of about $200,000.
The monument is made from American Black granite, quarried from the Rock of Ages quarry in St. Peters, Pennsylvania. American Black granite is unique due in part to brilliant white variegation veining and is one of America’s most popular monumental granite. The monument is comprised of six individual segments that were precision etched to line up perfectly when set on site at the memorial. Each segment weighs 5.8 tons. Coal from the Upper Big Branch mine was used as a decorative element to cover the monument's concrete base and to fill in around the LED lighting.
Also see . . . Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial Website. Photographs and briefs on each of the miners who lost their lives that day. (Submitted on August 11, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 91 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 11, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.