Matewan in Mingo County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Matewan and the Railroad
The original Matewan Depot (below) was built in 1893 and served as a combined passenger and freight depot. Large quantities of coal passed through on their way east, and passengers could take the train east toward Bluefield or northwest to Williamson and beyond. The original depot fell into disrepair after the passenger trains stopped in 1969, and was torn down a few years later. The existing depot reconstruction was built in 2002 based on standard N&W plans to the west and across the tracks from the original depot and serves as a museum of the region’s rich heritage.
The railroad continues to play a major role in Matewan and in the region’s economy. In 2007 Norfolk Southern Corporation began the Heartland Corridor rail clearance project, which
Location. 37° 37.363′ N, 82° 10.096′ W. Marker is in Matewan, West Virginia, in Mingo County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 1056 and Main Street, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 1056. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Matewan WV 25678, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Matewan Area History (here, next to this marker); Mingo County / State of Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); Pawpaw Tree Incident (approx. 0.3 miles away in Kentucky); Site of Randolph McCoy House (approx. 2.9 miles away in Kentucky); McCoy Cemetery (approx. 3 miles Hog Trial Site (approx. 3 miles away in Kentucky); Hog Trial/Election Fight (approx. 3 miles away in Kentucky); Site of Killing of Asa Harmon McCoy (approx. 4.7 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Matewan.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.