“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Standard in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Standard, WV

Early Life and Times along Paint Creek


— America’s Byways — Paint Creek Scenic Trail —

Standard, WV Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
1. Standard, WV Marker
Click on image to enlarge.
Inscription.  This kiosk is dedicated to the thousands of people who once called Paint Creek their home. Here are some images of different people and places along Paint Creek during the first half of the 20th century. During coal’s heyday, the towns were located one after another up the stream. There are only a few towns remaining and most of the area has returned to wilderness. As you travel along Paint Creek you will be able to see the natural beauty of the area and imagine what life would have been like living in those earlier times.

(photo captions, clockwise from the center)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLabor UnionsNatural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 1946.
Location. 38° 7.739′ N, 81° 23.251′ W. Marker is near Standard, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is at the intersection of Paint Creek Road (Local Route 83) and Exit 74 (Interstate 77) on Paint Creek Road. Paint Creek Road parallels the West Virginia Turnpike Toll Road, Interstates 64 and 77, south of this exit. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gallagher WV 25083, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mary Ingles (here, next to this marker); Mucklow / Gallagher, WV (approx. 2.3 miles away); Holly Grove “Bull Moose Special” (approx. 4.3 miles away); Bull Moose Special (approx. 4.3 miles away); Fayette County / Kanawha County (approx. 4.8 miles away); West Virginia Institute of Technology (approx. 4.9 miles away); Montgomery (approx. 5 miles away); Christopher H. Payne (approx. 5.2 miles away).
Paint Creek Scenic Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
3. Paint Creek Scenic Trail Map
Click on the image to zoom in. Highlights (shown in green) left to right:
  • 1920—Striking miners terrorize Willis Branch with gunfire and destroy the mining complex with dynamite.
  • 1919—7 miners are killed in an explosion of the Weirwood coal mine.
  • 1989—Striking miners bombed the coal mine at Milbourn, WV
  • 1990s—The last company store operating in West Virginia was the Imperial Collieries store in Burnwell.
  • 1913—Approximate location of the striking miners’ tent colony that was fired on by mine guards wielding a machine gun mounted on the “Bull Moose” special train.
  • 1913—Union organizer mary “Mother” Jones inprisoned in Pratt.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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