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Mount Hope in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Mount Hope Coal History

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel
1. Mount Hope Coal History Marker
Inscription.  With the birth of the Coal Industry, Mount Hope would play a very important role.
During Mount Hope's early history, settlers began removing coal from a seam on the side of a mountain. Commercial mining of coal had been in effect since the early 1810s, but this area was remote until the development of a rail system to move the coal from the hills.
In 1873, the completion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway provided this much needed transportation link. With the birth of the coal industry in the area during the early 1890s and the Loup Creek Branch train line completed in 1894, the tiny farming community of Mount Hope was transformed and incorporated as a town on June 1, 1895.
By 1910 the population had reached 1,200, and within a radius of four miles an additional 5,000 people resided.
By the mid 1910s to the mid 1930s Mount Hope had become the largest commercial center of the New River Coal Field with approximately 20 coal mines in the area.
From 1910-1935 many coal companies had their headquarters here, and in 1915 New River Coal Company moved their headquarters to Mount Hope. By the 1940s New River Coal Company
Mount Hope Coal History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel
2. Mount Hope Coal History Marker
grew to be one of the largest coal companies in southern West Virginia, In the mid-1960s a coal mine disaster occurred in Mount Hope, when there was an explosion at Siltex mine killing 7 miners.
The coal in this area is known as "Smokeless Coal", and one needs only to look around Mount Hope from the exposed coal seam and the entrance of Siltex Mine to the former New River Coal Company store and offices to see the presence of the coal industry here. Railway lines through town continue to provide much needed coal to the rest of the world.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 53.947′ N, 81° 9.452′ W. Marker is in Mount Hope, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Main Street (West Virginia Route 211) 0.2 miles west of Route 16, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Hope WV 25880, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Hope Landmarks (here, next to this marker); Mount Hope Early Town History (here, next to this marker); Dubois School History (here, next to this marker); Mount Hope School History (here, next to this marker); DuBois High School (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Glen Jean Athletic Club
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(approx. 2 miles away); Glen Jean (approx. 2 miles away); Bank of Glen Jean (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Hope.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Mar. 5, 2021