“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Farmington in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Farmington Disaster

Farmington Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
1. Farmington Disaster Marker
Inscription.  Explosion in Consolidated Coal No. 9 mine November 20, 1968 resulted in deaths of 78 miners, with only 21 men rescued. Mine sealed ten days later due to fires and explosions. In 1969 recovery efforts began. Over ten year period the bodies of 59 miners were extracted. Mine permanently sealed in November 1978. This disaster led to passage of Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.
Erected 2005 by West Virginia Celebration 2000 and the West Virginia Department of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1778.
Location. 39° 30.678′ N, 80° 14.917′ W. Marker is in Farmington, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection
Farmington Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
2. Farmington Disaster Marker
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of U.S. 250 and Main Street (West Virginia Route 218), on the left when traveling south on U.S. 250. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farmington WV 26571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waitman T. Willey (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indian Raid (approx. ¼ mile away); Coon’s Fort (approx. 3.8 miles away); Barrackville Covered Bridge (approx. 4.3 miles away); Mannington / Flaggy Meadow (approx. 4.6 miles away); Hamilton Round Barn (approx. 4.8 miles away); Mannington Municipal Building (approx. 5.1 miles away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial Swinging Bridge (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmington.
Also see . . .  A Look Back at the Farmington Mine Disaster. National Public Radio All Things Considered story from January 5, 2006. “In 1968, a coal mining accident in the West Virginia town of Farmington left 78 people dead. Jim Yost, now retired, was working above ground for the No. 9 Mine when it happened. He tells Melissa Block about that day and how it affected his community.” 4 min. 43 sec. (Submitted on July 25, 2009.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,050 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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