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The ARMCO Coal face of marker image, Touch for more information
By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
The ARMCO Coal face of marker
West Virginia (Boone County), Nellis — Nellis / ARMCO Coal
Founded in 1917 by T. E. B. Siler and M. Slush; named for newspaper editor Frank Nellis. Purchased by ARMCO in 1920. Noted as model coal mining town. Homes were built by Minter of Huntington. ARMCO Assoc. Building, in center of town, housed . . . — Map (db m137428) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Nellis — Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion — Saturday November 6, 1943 7:00 p.m.
William C. Barker • Julias Domokos • Lester Gunnoe • William H. Gunnoe • O’Dell Linville • Onal O. Miller • John Setliff • Steve Turkovitch • Lawrence J. Vincent • John Williams • William O. Workman — • — On Saturday, November 6, . . . — Map (db m137442) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Peytona — Coal Discovered
John Peter Salley (Salling) and companions discovered coal near here in 1742 on their exploring trip from the Greenbrier River. They followed the Coal River to its junction with The Great Kanawha River at St. Albans. — Map (db m137510) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Peytona — Indian Camp
Under rock overhang across highway was an Indian camp site. Here were found several burials. One occupation, Fort Ancient, dates from A.D. 1400; another, Buck Garden, from A.D. 1000. Pottery and other artifacts were found. — Map (db m137446) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Peytona — John Edward Kenna
To the north, birthplace and home of John Edward Kenna, U. S. Senator and prominent figure in the early life of this State. His statue stands among the notables of other States in the Hall of Columns in the national capitol in Washington. — Map (db m137454) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Peytona — Peytona
Named for William Madison Peyton, father of navigation on Coal River, who promoted and actively engaged in coal mining. As chief engineer for the Coal River Navigation Company, he locked and dammed Coal River in the 1840’s and made it . . . — Map (db m137511) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Whitesville — Battle of Coal River — September 12, 1861
War comes to the Big Coal River. Emboldened by a resounding victory against Confederates at Boone Court House (Madison), Union General Cox ordered Federal troops back into the Coal River Valley. This time the target was the Big Coal River. . . . — Map (db m137753) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Whitesville — Big Coal River — An Important and Historical Water Trail Serving Man and Industry — Coal Heritage Trail —
The Coal River is a tributary of the Kanawha River in southern West Virginia. It is formed near the community of Alum Creek by the confluence of the Big and Little Coal Rivers. The Coal River flows generally northward through western Kanawha County, . . . — Map (db m137542) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Whitesville — The Whitesville School
Completed as Sherman District Jr. High in 1931. Whitesville School replaced a building that burned down in 1929. Wysong and Bengston designed the rare example of high-style Art Deco architecture in the southern West Virginia coalfields. Since . . . — Map (db m137755) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Whitesville — Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion — 5 April 2010 —
Following the footprint. Every mine explosion leaves behind a footprint that offers clues to investigators as to where the blast originated and how the force traveled from the ignition point. The footprint left behind in the Upper Big Branch . . . — Map (db m137546) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Whitesville — Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion — A Synopsis of Key Events — April 5, to April 13, 2010 —
Monday, April 5 3:01 p.m. Explosion erupts through the mine, blasting debris out of the portals and lasting for several minutes. The carbon monoxide monitoring system alarms and mine fan records show a major disruption to . . . — Map (db m137549) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Whitesville — Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial — Come to Me All Those Who Labor and I Will Give You Rest — Dedicated July 27, 2012 —
This memorial is dedicated to twenty-nine miners who lost their lives in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine on April 5th, 2010 and to all miners who have suffered injury, illness or death as a result of working in the coal industry. This . . . — Map (db m137751) HM
West Virginia (Boone County), Whitesville — West Virginia Coal Mine Disasters
1907 Fairmont Coal Company Monongah No. 6 and No. 8 Mines Monongah, West Virginia At 10:20 a.m., December 6, 1907, explosions occurred at the No. 6 and No. 8 mines at Monongah, West Virginia. The explosions ripped through the mines, . . . — Map (db m137748) HM

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