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Nellis in Boone County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion

Saturday November 6, 1943 7:00 p.m.

 
 
Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
1. Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion Monument
Inscription.  
William C. Barker • Julias Domokos • Lester Gunnoe • William H. Gunnoe • O’Dell Linville • Onal O. Miller • John Setliff • Steve Turkovitch • Lawrence J. Vincent • John Williams • William O. Workman
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On Saturday, November 6, 1943, at 7:00 PM, an explosion occured at the American Rolling Mill Company’s No. 3 Nellis Mine. Nine men were killed instantly when a spark ignited methane in Section H, No. 38 Room. Two men survived the initial blast, but died hours later in a nearby hospital. This memorial is to honor their memory. They remain forever in our hearts.
 
Erected 1997 by Boone County Historic Landmark Commission.
 
Location. 38° 9.029′ N, 81° 44.628′ W. Marker is in Nellis, West Virginia, in Boone County. Marker is on Memorial Drive near Ridgeview-Nellis Road (County Route 1), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Memorial Dr, Nellis WV 25142, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nellis / ARMCO Coal (within shouting distance of this marker);
Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion Monument, back side image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
2. Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion Monument, back side
Indian Camp (approx. 3.3 miles away); John Edward Kenna (approx. 3.3 miles away); Coal Discovered (approx. 3.6 miles away); Peytona (approx. 3.7 miles away); Robert Hager (approx. 6.8 miles away); Madison (approx. 7.1 miles away); Boone County Courthouse (approx. 7.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  American Rolling Mill Company Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion. Excerpt:
The normal employment of Nellis No. 3 is 260, but Superintendent A. E. Oakley said the blast occurred when only 28 were at work.

Shortly after the explosion, which was so severe it ripped clothing from the miners’ bodies, a crowd of about 350 persons, including families and friends of those at work, gathered at the mine mouth and maintained a vigil until early this morning when the last bodies were removed.

Today, this little Boone County mining town was quiet as mourning widows and children prepared for burial services. Most of the miners will be buried at Madison, although Connor said the body of Turkovich would be taken to Niles, Ohio, for interment.
(Submitted on August 3, 2019.) 
 
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Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion Memorial image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
3. Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion Memorial
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Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion Memorial image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
4. Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion Memorial
It is in sight of the former Nellis Community Church, visible in the background, now a museum.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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