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Helen in Raleigh County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Miners Memorial

 
 
Miners Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
1. Miners Memorial
Inscription.  At the peak of the coal boom in the Winding Gulf region, thousands of miners worked in the four mines of the Eastern Associated Coal Company in Helen. These miners came from various races and nationalities, and their hard, often dangerous work helped this nation and the world develop. The coal they mined was shipped along the rails to be delivered across the world.

"dedicated to the coal miners who labored long and hard under very dangerous conditions."

In an effort to remember these miners and their hard work, the Winding Gulf Restoration Organization (WEGROW) built this park and miners memorial. The memorial rests on the site once occupied by the Helen Company Store. This three year project was truly a community effort, with many local and regional businesses and organizations teaming up to make this all come together.
This memorial serves as a reminder of the sacrifices that coal miners made on the job each day. Their hard work provided electricity to the nation, in turn powering its factories and steel mills. The coal they mined powered the nation and the world through both World Wars, and
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this memorial is "dedicated to the coal miners who labored long and hard under very dangerous conditions."
 
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 38.176′ N, 81° 18.874′ W. Marker is in Helen, West Virginia, in Raleigh County. Marker is on Foreman Bottom Road west of Tams Highway (West Virginia Route 16). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Helen WV 25853, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Helen, WV (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Helen (here, next to this marker); Baseball (here, next to this marker); Camp Lightfoot (here, next to this marker); Helen Coal Miners Memorial (here, next to this marker); Byrd Prillerman High School (approx. 2.3 miles away); Raleigh County / Wyoming County (approx. 2.8 miles away); Site of Mark Twain High School (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helen.
 
Miners Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
2. Miners Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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