“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

McDowell County West Virginia Historical Markers

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By Dawn Bowen, July 21, 2007
Marker on SR 83
West Virginia (McDowell County), Bartley — Bartley Mine Disaster
Near here in Bartley No. 1 shaft mine, on Jan. 10, 1940, fire and explosion killed ninety-one miners. The names of the men who lost their lives are inscribed on monument erected in the park by the United Mine Workers of America. — Map (db m1860) HM
West Virginia (McDowell County), Iaeger — Lewis’ Camp
Here Major (later General) Andrew Lewis camped, February 26, 1756, with Virginia troops on way to attack Indians who had been raiding the settlements. Bitter cold and food shortage brought disaster to the expedition. — Map (db m1830) HM
West Virginia (McDowell County), Kimball — World War I Memorial
This structure, dedicated on February 11, 1928, was first building in U.S. built to honor African Americans for their military service during World War I. This Classical-style building, designed by Welch architect Hassel T. Hicks, was erected with . . . — Map (db m1823) HM
West Virginia (McDowell County), Northfork — Elizabeth Simpson Drewry
First black woman elected to West Virginia legislature, 1950; retied in 1964. Leading advocate for labor and education; in 1955 she sponsored bill to allow women to serve on juries. Born 22 September 1893, she began teaching in 1910. Drewry served . . . — Map (db m1822) HM

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May. 31, 2020