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By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
Byrd Prillerman High School Marker
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Amigo — Byrd Prillerman High School — Coal Heritage Trail —
Byrd Prillerman High School was established here in 1927 for the Afro American students in this coal mining area. Named in honor of a former slave who was an eminent state educator and President of West Virginia State College. The two story frame . . . — Map (db m138167) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beaver — Big Beaver Creek Ancient Fortification
The ancient fortification in a bend of Beaver Creek was first surveyed by Alfred Beckley in 1837. Isaac Craig mapped it a year later and estimated then~fallen stone walls were 7 feet thick and 6 feet high. The walls of large enclosure, with design . . . — Map (db m109188) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Mortality
This bronze, titled "Mortality," is the work of West Virginia sculptor Bill Hopen. His study of a dying tunnel worker eulogizes the many men lying in unmarked graves near Hawk's Tunnel about 30 miles from here. There was no memorial for nearly a . . . — Map (db m75073) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Alfred Beckley / Wildwood
Alfred Beckley. Born May 26, 1802. Beckley was a graduate of West Point and served in the army 13 years before moving to present-day Raleigh County in 1836. He pushed formation of the county and named its seat after his father. Made . . . — Map (db m138150) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Bachelor’s Shanty
Room for one. From the coal camp in Helen, WV, this one room dwelling dates back to the early 1920s. It was built for and occupied by a single miner or a married miner living away from home while working in the coal mines during a work week. The . . . — Map (db m86376) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Beckley
Created Apr. 4, 1838. Named for John Beckley, clerk of the House of Representatives in terms of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. General Alfred Beckley, his son, had home, "Park Place", later known as "Wildwood", built here in 1835. — Map (db m60987) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Beckley
Created Apr. 4, 1838. Named for John Beckley, clerk of the House of Representatives in the terms of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. General Alfred Beckley, his son, had home, “Park Place,” later known as “Wildwood,” built . . . — Map (db m138131) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Beckley Mill
Alfred Beckley built a mill along Piney Creek (1838-1840) to spur economic growth on his wilderness landholdings. Union Commander and future U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes visited site in 1862. It was destroyed in the 1878 flood . . . — Map (db m138152) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Civil War Site
On April 5, 1862, Company A of the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry camped here during the occupation of the Raleigh Court House. — Map (db m60293) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Eccles Mine Explosions
Five miles west at Eccles, on April 28, 1914, a gas explosion in No. 5 Mine in the Beckley seam killed 174 miners; another nine died in No. 6 Mine above from blackdamp. On March 8, 1926, 19 died in No. 5. In 1891, Royal Mine on New River was first . . . — Map (db m60204) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — From Agriculture to Mining
Shortly after European explorers arrived, permanent settlers began to use the "Indian Path" to enter southern West Virginia. The first permanent settlers arrived at Paint Creek in the early 19th century. Agriculture was the dominant way of life . . . — Map (db m75144) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Pinecrest Sanitarium
Established in 1927 by act of the Legislature to provide additional facilities for sufferers from tuberculosis. Opened to the public in 1930. Capacity increased, 1938. Early treatment of the disease is emphasized. Altitude 2350 feet. — Map (db m109187) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Raleigh County
Formed, 1850, from Fayette. Named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who planted the first English colony in America. Beckley, the county seat, was founded by Alfred Beckley, and named for his father, John, first clerk of the House of Representatives. — Map (db m138154) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Superintendent's House
A reflection of Status Constructed in 1906 in Skelton, WV, the “super’s home” was just that, a three story structure for the mine superintendent to make his home. However, all indications are that Samuel Dixon the mine . . . — Map (db m86432) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — The Attar CenterDedicated to Economic Development of — Beckley and Southern West Virginia —
General Alfred Beckley, founder of the city of Beckley, shows this corner location as land lot 29 on his 1838 map. Reverend Matthew Ellison, founder of the First Baptist Church of Beckley, built his home here in 1850, and his heirs held title to the . . . — Map (db m60262) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — The Indian Path
Known as the "War Road", the "Hunter's Road", or simply the "Indian Path" by the time European explorers arrived in the 18th century, Paint Creek had long been a route of travel for Native Americans. Delawares, Mingoes, Ottawas, Senecas, . . . — Map (db m75165) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion
An explosion underground at Montcoal in western Raleigh County on April 5th, 2010 took the lives of 29 miners listed below: Deceased Miners Carl C Acord, 52, Roof Bolter Operator Jason M. Atkins, 25, Roof Bolter Operator Christopher . . . — Map (db m138161) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — RA 1 — Wildwood
Built by John Lilly, Sr. in 1835-36, it was the home of Alfred Beckley (1802-88) and Amelia Neville Craig. Son of John Beckley, first clerk of the House of Representatives, he founded the town of Beckley and wrote the bill proposing formation of . . . — Map (db m76957) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Daniels — Grandview Park
Grandview Park (11 miles N.), 878 acres, derives name from an overhanging cliff 1300 ft. high. In basal Pennsylvanian rocks. New River in this area has cut a steep-walled gorge through Mauch Chunk strata of late Mississippian Age. — Map (db m42174) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), McAlpin — Site of Mark Twain High School
From 1921-65 school served students from coal towns Hot Coal, Big Stick Woodbay, McAlpin, Stotesbury, Tams, Ury, Helen, Amigo, Sophia and Slab Fork. Robert C. Byrd, valedictorian, Mark Twain High School class of 1934, served in West Virginia . . . — Map (db m138164) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), Shady Spring — Shady Spring
Situated along a road originally cut by frontiersman Francis Farley during the late 18th century, the community was named for the nearby spring that served area residents and passersby with a continuous water source. Business activity in the area . . . — Map (db m143110) HM
West Virginia (Raleigh County), White Oak — Glade Creek Reservoir
A severe drought that began in 1939 caused a prolonged water crisis for the City of Beckley. After a frozen water main burst and water usage was restricted, officials ordered a better water supply be provided. The solution was to access nearby Glade . . . — Map (db m140054) HM

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