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Everettville in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Everettville Mine Disaster

Everettville Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2014
1. Everettville Mine Disaster Marker
Inscription.  On April 30, 1927, Federal No. 3 Mine exploded, killing at least 97 miners. Nine men inside survived the blast and soon reached safety. Using oxygen breathing apparatus, 21 teams conducted rescue efforts until May 24, containing fires as they went. Investigators concluded that a storage-battery locomotive spark ignited built-up methane gas and coal dust spread the explosion.
Erected 2014 by Everettville Historical Association and West Virginia Archives and History.
Location. 39° 34.632′ N, 80° 5.803′ W. Marker is in Everettville, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road (County Route 45) and Fairmont Road (U.S. 19) on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morgantown WV 26501, 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. Marion County / Monongalia County (approx. 0.7 miles away); David Morgan (approx. 3.6 miles away); Fort Pawpaw (approx. 3.6 miles away); Prickett's Fort (approx. 4.1 miles away);
Everettville Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2014
2. Everettville Mine Disaster Marker
Dents Run Covered Bridge (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named Prickett’s Fort (approx. 5.6 miles away); Barrackville Covered Bridge (approx. 6.2 miles away); Graves of the Pierponts (approx. 6.4 miles away).
Also see . . .  Federal No. 3 Mine Explosion. U.S. Mine Rescue Association entry. “April 30, 1927 probably began like just any other workday for the miners of the Federal No. 3. But the day came to a sudden end for 97 of the miners when a massive explosion ripped through the mine, killing most of them instantly. Only nine miners working that day survived. Several men survived the initial blast, trapped hundreds of feet underground for several hours before succumbing to gas fumes. Among them was Henry Russell.

“Russell gathered pieces of coal and scraps of paper torn from cement sacks, and began to write notes to his wife. The notes, which he placed carefully in his lunch box, were found along with the bodies of Henry and his coworkers and passed along to Russell’s widow, Mary.”
(Submitted on June 21, 2014.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 420 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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