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Disaster at Montcoal, WV
More information on the coal mines of West Virginia is one of the most frequent requests made. If you have information you would like to share with others, please send it to Gracie Stover. Please put WV Coal Mines in the subject field, so it won't get lost in all my email.
Coal mines have had a definite impact on what West Virginia was and is today. It is a part of us, as it was a part of our ancestors. I beleive that in understanding what our ancestors went through, and how they lived will help us in understanding ourselves. I also beleive that this site has the potential to help others understand us better, whether they themselves have roots in WV or not.
The Early Years
The Coal Mining Industry
Individual Coal Mines
County List
Family Histories
Coal Camps
Geological Reports
Look-up Volunteers
Books To Purchase
Mining Disasters
Mining Museums
Mine Wars
Photos of towns and Miners
Coal Miners' Query Board
Mining Stories
Other Websites
West Virginia History
Miner's Memorial and Obits
Miners' Wives Memorial and Obits
How to Research Your Miner
It's dark as a dungeon and damp
as the dew,
Where the danger is double and
pleasures are few,
Where the rain never falls and
the sun never shines,
It's dark as a dungeon way down
in the mine.
---Merle Travis, "Dark as a Dungeon"
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress,
American Memories Collection

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