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

Glen Jean Athletic Club

 
 
Glen Jean Athletic Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 7, 1997
1. Glen Jean Athletic Club Marker
Inscription.   Directly across the street stood the Glen Jean Athletic Club. Alongside it was the ball bark. These, along with tennis and croquet courts, made Glen Jean a center for indoor and outdoor sports.

In New River’s coal towns, baseball was a major part of social life. Fierce competition sometimes prompted coal companies to hire workers, or pay them more , because of athletic ability. Glen Jean teams played against other company-town teams. Glen Jean’s ball park was considered a showplace, the best in Fayette County.

(Inscription next to the image on the right)
William McKell poses (right) in 1923 with one of his teams. McKell promoted and financed local sports. He built Glen Jean’s ballfield (below) and three others in nearby towns.

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Cincinnati Reds at Glen Jean, W. VA Thursday October 16th 1913.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is October 16, 1913.
 
Location. 37° 55.644′ N, 81° 9.318′ W. Marker is in Glen Jean, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Main Street. The marker is near the New River Gorge

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National River Headquarters. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Jean WV 25846, 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. Glen Jean (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Glen Jean (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Play Ball! (about 400 feet away); Mount Hope Landmarks (approx. 2 miles away); Mount Hope Early Town History (approx. 2 miles away); Mount Hope Coal History (approx. 2 miles away); Dubois School History (approx. 2 miles away); Mount Hope School History (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Jean.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 395 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on November 25, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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