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Historical Markers in Ashland, West Virginia

 
Clickable Map of McDowell County, West Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg McDowell County, WV (35) Mercer County, WV (34) Mingo County, WV (22) Wyoming County, WV (31) Buchanan County, VA (3) Tazewell County, VA (29)  McDowellCounty(35) McDowell County (35)  MercerCounty(34) Mercer County (34)  MingoCounty(22) Mingo County (22)  WyomingCounty(31) Wyoming County (31)  BuchananCountyVirginia(3) Buchanan County (3)  TazewellCounty(29) Tazewell County (29)
Welch is the county seat for McDowell County
Ashland is in McDowell County
      McDowell County (35)  
ADJACENT TO MCDOWELL COUNTY
      Mercer County (34)  
      Mingo County (22)  
      Wyoming County (31)  
      Buchanan County, Virginia (3)  
      Tazewell County, Virginia (29)  
 
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1West Virginia (McDowell County), Ashland — Ashland Coal and Coke — National Coal Heritage Trail —
Like so many of the mining companies in the Pocahontas field, Ashland Coal & Coke Company was organized by men from the Pennsylvania anthracite region. Several of the original stockholders were from Ashland, Pennsylvania, and for this reason, the . . . Map (db m178968) HM
2West Virginia (McDowell County), Ashland — Miners’ Pay — National Coal Heritage Trail —
From the perspective of the coal company, the company store had a vital economic function. In an age when sixty percent of the mine’s cost of production consisted of wages, it ensured that the flow of money was circular. Miners’ wages flowed . . . Map (db m178984) HM
3West Virginia (McDowell County), Ashland — No Work Tomorrow — National Coal Heritage Trail —
Throughout much of the history of mining, miners have been hampered in their efforts to earn a living wage by the lack of steady work. In the years prior to the 1930s, when unionization and mechanization of loading began to change the industry, the . . . Map (db m178974) HM
4West Virginia (McDowell County), Ashland — The Company StoreAshland — National Coal Heritage Trail —
Ashland is located along the North Fork of Elkhorn Creek, one of the most heavily developed coal regions in the Pocahontas field. At its height, the North Fork valley held an estimated ten thousand people, some of whom worked for the Ashland Coal . . . Map (db m178973) HM
5West Virginia (McDowell County), Ashland — Young Miners — National Coal Heritage Trail —
Child labor was common in West Virginia during the hand loading era, which took place from the onset of coal mining in the 19th century until around 1930. Mining was a skilled craft, and it took a number of years to learn. A young miner usually . . . Map (db m178964) HM
 
 
 
 
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Sep. 28, 2022