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Whipple Junction, West Virginia Historical Markers

 
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By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
Whipple National Coal Heritage Area Interpretive Site
West Virginia (Fayette County), Whipple Junction — Community Life in a Coal CampWhipple — Coal Heritage Trail — National Coal Heritage Area Interpretive Site —
Coal companies often paid miners in scrip, a form of private money, each coal company issuing their own scrip. So that it would not be confused with American currency, most of the coins had some sort of hole in the middle. Company allowed miners to . . . — Map (db m140440) HM
West Virginia (Fayette County), Whipple Junction — Disaster Underground — Coal Heritage Trail — National Coal Heritage Area Interpretive Site —
“Say a prayer for those who died in darkness so we may enjoy the sunlight.” —Inscription on the miners’ memorial in Whipple erected by the Knights of Columbus. The most dreaded sound in the coal camp was when the . . . — Map (db m140365) HM
West Virginia (Fayette County), Whipple Junction — Labor Strikes and ConflictsWhipple — Coal Heritage Trail — National Coal Heritage Area Interpretive Site —
The United Mine Workers of America sought to protect coal miners and began to agitate for better working conditions throughout the nation. But, it was difficult to organize the West Virginia miners’ union because of the ultimate control . . . — Map (db m140168) HM
West Virginia (Fayette County), Whipple Junction — The Coal Barons — Coal Heritage Trail — National Coal Heritage Area Interpretive Site —
In the late 1800s, speculators, mining companies and investors were attracted to the vast, untapped seams of coal lying under the West Virginia mountains. The first coal operators created company towns, or coal camps, where everything was . . . — Map (db m140429) HM
West Virginia (Fayette County), Whipple Junction — The White Oak Valley — Coal Heritage Trail — National Coal Heritage Area Interpretive Site —
Pioneers settled the White Oak Valley in the 1800s. In 1892 the mineral rights were sold and the White Oak Fuel Company and the Whipple Colliery Company sunk five mine shafts at Whipple, Carlisle, Oakwood, Scarbro and Wingrove. Each of the five coal . . . — Map (db m140403) HM

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