Ansted in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster
Nearly 5,000 men worked on this project, with 3,000 of them working underground. Some were from the local area, but many were African Americans who had migrated, mostly from the southern states, in search of steady work. Completion of this tunnel came at a great cost however. As they cut their way through the mountain, workers were exposed to high levels of pure silica dust. Combined with the confined space, poor ventilation, and lack of breathing
Erected by America's Byways and National Coal Heritage Area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1932.
Location. 38° 8.124′ N, 81° 5.903′ W. Marker is in Ansted, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and Holley Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ansted WV 25812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Did You Know? (here, next to this marker); History Around the Cupola (here, next to this marker); William Nelson Page (a few steps from this marker); Hawks Nest Strike (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Mother (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Haven Veterans' Memorial (about 400 feet away); Westlake Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Tyree Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ansted.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.