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

Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster

 
 
Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 11, 2010
1. Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster Marker
Inscription.  Construction of nearby tunnel, diverting waters of New R. through Gauley Mt. for hydroelectric power, resulted in state’s worst industrial disaster. Silica rock dust caused 109 admitted deaths in mostly black, migrant underground work force of 3,000 . Congressional hearing placed toll at 476 for 1930-35. Tragedy brought recognition of acute silicosis as occupational lung disease and compensation legislation to protect workers.
 
Erected by West Virginia Department of Culture and History. (Marker Number FA 1.)
 
Location. 38° 7.365′ N, 81° 7.691′ W. Marker is in Ansted, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from Midland Trail (U.S. 60) 0.4 miles west of Short Street. This marker is located at the Hawk's Nest overlook. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hawk’s Nest (within shouting distance of this marker); Hawk’s Nest Tunnel (within shouting distance of this marker); Salt Sand (approx. half a mile away); "Contentment"
Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 11, 2010
2. Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster Marker
(approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Contentment (approx. 1.3 miles away); New Haven Veterans' Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Jackson's Mother (approx. 1.8 miles away); Westlake Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ansted.
 
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: African AmericansBridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features
 
Hawk's Nest Hydroeletric Project image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 11, 2010
3. Hawk's Nest Hydroeletric Project
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,008 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on August 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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