Ansted in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Hawks Nest Strike
This area was also the site of West Virginia's first coal strike. On January 12, 1880, West Virginia National Guard troops were dispatched to Hawks Nest to step in and defuse a conflict. Operators at Coal Valley (present day Montgomery) had informed their union miners that the competition from the Hawks Nest mine was hurting their business. Upon hearing this, the Coal Valley miners made their way to Hawks Nest and threatened the miners there
William N. Page, manager of the Hawks Nest mine, approached Fayette County Sheriff C.H. McClung who, fearing loss of votes in the upcoming election, offered no help. When Governor Henry Mason Matthews was contacted, he ordered troops to the scene and order was restored shortly after their arrival. Several miners from Coal Valley were charged with intimidation in the Fayette County Civil Court.
Erected by America's Byways and National Coal Heritage Area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions. A significant historical date for this entry is January 12, 1880.
Location. 38° 8.127′ N, 81° 5.915′ 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. William Nelson Page (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' MemorialWestlake Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Tyree Tavern (approx. ¼ mile 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 281 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.