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Ansted in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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 toil 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. Touch for map. This marker is located at the Hawk's Nest overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Ansted WV 25812, United States of America.
 
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); Salt Sand (approx. half a mile away); "Contentment" (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Contentment (approx. 1.3 miles away); New Haven Veterans' Memorial
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. 1.8 miles away); Jackson's Mother (approx. 1.8 miles away); Westlake Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Tyree Tavern (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ansted.
 
Categories. 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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,814 times since then and 37 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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