Mossy in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Paint Creek Scenic Trail
— Raleigh, Fayette, & Kanawha Counties, WV —
1913-Approximate location of the striking miners tent colony that was fired on by mine guards wielding a machine gun mounted on the "Bull Moose" special train
1919-7 miners are killed in an explosion of the Weirwood Coal Mine.
1920-Striking miners terrorize Willis Branch with gunfire and destroy the mining complex with dynamite.
1989-Striking miners bombed the coal mine at Milburn, WV.
1990's-The last company store operating in West Virginia was the Imperial Collieries Store in Burwell.
Paint Creek Origin
It’s unique name has a history of its own. Records show the name Paint Creek goes back as far as 1774, named after the many painted pictographs on trees found on its banks. The creek was use as a thoroughfare for travel between eastern settlements by numerous American Indian tribes. Using the pictographs, they passed along information on war, hunting, and settlements.
Erected by Paint Creek Scenic Trail.
Topics. This historical marker Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1774.
Location. 37° 58.535′ N, 81° 17.005′ W. Marker is in Mossy, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of Bishop Ranch (West Virginia Route 612) and Milburn Road (County Route 1/5), on the right when traveling east on Bishop Ranch. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scarbro WV 25917, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Rebirth of Paint Creek (here, next to this marker); Coal Camp History (here, next to this marker); Oakwood Mine Complex (approx. 5.1 miles away); The White Oak Valley (approx. 6˝ miles away); Labor Strikes and Conflicts (approx. 6˝ miles away); Disaster Underground (approx. 6˝ miles away); The Coal Barons (approx. 6˝ miles away); Community Life in a Coal Camp (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mossy.
More about this marker. The map was "Drawn By: Chris Dellamea" with a "Scale: 1" = 1 Mile"
On the upper right are photos depicting Native American painting a pictogram Top photo by Doug Wood, Bottom photo by Kirk Sullens
Also see . . . Paint Creek Scenic Trails. (Submitted on August 15, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,284 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.