Historic Marker Project

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The West Virginia State Archives periodically recognizes historical people, groups, and events that are significant to West Virginia's past. The archives reviews applications submitted by organizations within the state who seek to memorialize a physical location connected to the historical subject. Approved historical subjects are marked on a nearby road or other travel-way with a cast aluminum historical marker bearing the state seal and a short inscription about the person or event. There are over 1000 state sponsored historical markers throughout West Virginia. Only twelve of those markers are dedicated to the memory of the hard work and sacrifices made by our state’s miners. Of those twelve, only two are located in northern counties.

Since the Federal No. 3 mine in Everettville, West Virginia was closed in 1951, and reclaimed and sealed in 1997, there is no trace of the site or the disaster that occurred there in 1927 aside from the mine's name inscribed on the hillside above where the entrance once was. A West Virginia State Historical Marker located at a nearby intersection with Route 19 will mark the historical significance of the mine itself and the miners who worked within its black recesses in northern West Virginia history. Their memory must never be forgotten, and the historical marker will serve as a reminder to all who drive past the site of the sacrifice West Virginia's miners have made and continue to make to keep our country strong.

Marker Details

Proposed Location for Historical Marker
Proposed Location for State Historical Marker

Proposed Marker Text

Located to the southeast of this spot, the Federal No. 3 mine
was the original center of Everettville, WV. The miners of Federal
No. 3 mine helped to develop the Upper Monongalia region. On
April 30, 1927, disaster stuck the mine and the town when an
explosion killed about 111 miners, some of which are still buried in
the hillside.