Eccles Mine Explosions
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 46.662 W 081° 11.321
17S E 483384 N 4181167
Historical marker commemorating the sometimes tragic history of coal mining in the area.
Waymark Code: WM2EK8
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 10/20/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 59

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 to open in Raleigh County.  From 1891 to 1991, county mines produced in excess of 791M tons of coal, while accidents claimed the lives of  2,121 miners. ~ text of marker

Marker Title: Eccles Mine Explosions

Marker Location: Raleigh County Courthouse

County or Independent City: Raleigh County

Web Site: [Web Link]

Marker Program Sponsor: Raleigh Conty HIstorical Society, West Virginia Archives and History

Marker Number: Not listed

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