Newburg in Preston County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Newburg Mine Disaster
This Memorial is dedicated to the 39 men who lost their lives in the gas explosion of the Mountain Brook Shaft of the Newburg Orrel Coal Co., Jan 21, 1886.
The shaft was located in the west end of Newburg along the B&O Railroad tracks. It was begun in Jan 1882 and reached a depth of 355 ft. The mine was the deepest of the 6 coal shafts in the state at that time. This was the first big shaft mine explosion in W.Va.
Clinton Albright Nicholas Birtley Richard Birtley John Byer, Jr. John Carroll Michael Clark John Conowa John Edwards E. Fortney Morgan Freeman Harry Guy Joseph Guy Thomas Guy
Peter Hanley John Hornby Joseph Johnson Joseph Ross Kelly Michael J. Kenny Henry Lambert John Lambert Frank Laymire William Laymire James McGowan Albert McWilliams Daniel Miller J. B. Miller
Frank Moon Newton Moore Arthur Ogden George Riggins William Sansbury Andrew Scott Wilbur C. Spencer Isaiah Timmons William Timmons Charles Tunley Jacob H. Weaver John A. Weaver Adolph Wein
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 21, 1886.
Location. 39° 23.29′ N, 79° 51.154′ W. Marker is in Newburg, West Virginia, in Preston County. Marker is at the intersection of Morgantown Avenue (County Route 33) and East Railroad Street, on the left when traveling south on Morgantown Avenue. The marker is to the right of the Newburg United States Post Office entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 Morgantown Ave, Newburg WV 26410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War 2 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); In Honor of Gold Star Mothers (approx. 5.7 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); Preston County / Barbour County (approx. 6.6 miles away); Wagner And Stone Houses (approx. 7.6 miles away); Food Storage (approx. 7.6 miles away).
Also see . . . Newburg Mine Disaster. This link includes more history and context about the disaster. (Submitted on July 18, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.