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

William Nelson Page

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, May 14, 2021
1. William Nelson Page Marker
Inscription.  William Nelson Page became one of the leading managers and developers of West Virginia's coalfields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with much of his time being spent here in Ansted. While president of the Gauley Mountain Coal Company, Page and his family lived in a spacious Victorian mansion which still stands near here.
Page was involved in several business ventures around the region including coal and iron. He was the Mayor of Ansted for ten years, a Brigadier Inspector General in the West Virginia National Guard, and the first President of the Ansted National Bank. Additionally, the Fayette County town of Page is named after him.
However, Page is probably most well known for his work with the railroads. In 1896 he started the Loup Creek and Deepwater Railway for logging operations. The Deepwater Railway was incorporated in 1898, with Page serving as president. At the same time, he was named president of the Tidewater Railroad. In 1907 the two merged forming the Virginian Railway which soon gained the title of the "richest little railroad in the world.” Page was the first President of the Virginian.
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By Mike Wintermantel, May 14, 2021
2. William Nelson Page Marker
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from Fayette County to the Virginia coast, there was not a single coal mine along the line as construction began. But soon the coal boom began and by 1933 there were a total of 91 coal mines along the Virginian.
 
Erected by America's Byways and National Coal Heritage Area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
 
Location. 38° 8.124′ N, 81° 5.913′ 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. Hawks Nest Strike (here, next to this marker); History Around the Cupola (a few steps from this marker); Did You Know? (a few steps from this marker); Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Mother (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Haven Veterans' Memorial (about 300 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 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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