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Old 08-29-2009, 05:43 PM   #841
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Way to go guys,

Looks like the only way you could have had a better day is if the Gov. have been there.
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:52 PM   #842
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Way to go guys,

Looks like the only way you could have had a better day is if the Gov. have been there.

Shhh, don't tell anyone , but one of our group said "Who needs the Governor?" as we left the Culture Center tour. Yes, it would have been really cool to have Gov Manchin and his bike there for the photo, but Mr Geiger was an outstanding host!
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:03 AM   #843
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Eccles Mine Explosions

Located on Main Street at the south east corner of the Raleigh County Courthouse in Beckley



camera facing East (west side of marker):



Camera facing West (east side of marker):



Follow this link for some period photos and related descriptions.

The following is a list of articles on Eccles coal mine disasters which can be found in the vertical newspaper clipping files at the West Virginia State Archives Library:







ECCLES NO. 5&6


April 28, 1914

"Miners Entombed by Terriffic (sic) Explosion," Fayette Journal, 4-30-1914
"Eccles Gives Up Dead; Mines Will Resume," Raleigh Register, 5-14-1914
"183 Men Killed in 1914 Blast at Eccles," Beckley Post-Herald, 5-10-1965
"Bill Derenge Saved The Lives Of 42 Miners," W. Va. Hillbilly, 4-4-1968
"Eccles Blast Second Worst in State," Beckley Post-Herald, 12-11-1968
"Eccles No. 6," Harper's Magazine, December, 1971, pp. 100-110
"Miner remembers Eccles, Layland explosions," Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail, 7-18-1982
"Coal Tragedy," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 8-27-1989
"Descendants of Eccles mine explosion victims speak out," The Register-Herald, 10-16-1995
"Grave markers memorialize Eccles disaster," Beckley Register-Herald, (date unclear)







CRAB ORCHARD/ECCLES NO. 5

March 8, 1926


"Eccles Mine Explosion Monday Evening 20 Dead; 10 Rescued After 25 Hours," Fayette Tribune, 3-10-1926




ECCLES NO. 5

March 8, 1926


"Hope Abandoned for 28 Men Still in Eccles Mine," Raleigh Register, 3-9-1926
"Ten Living and 19 Dead Found in Eccles Mine," Raleigh Register, 3-12-1926
"Inquest is Held For Dead Miners," Raleigh Register, 3-14-1926

For a list of articles on West Virginia coal mine disasters that can be found in the vertical newspaper clipping files at the West Virginia State Archives Library.
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Old 08-30-2009, 02:23 PM   #844
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Beckley

Located near the southwest corner of the Raleigh County Courthouse, Beckley.

Camera facing west (east side of marker - a nice newer silver one!)



camera facing east (west side of marker)



Found this application to nominate "Wildwood" for the National Register of Historic Places online at the WV State Archives website. Pretty cool, and interesting that this application describes the City of Beckley as being named for John Beckley, not Alfred as the marker indicates. Alfred is listed on the application as the "founder" of the city of Beckley and one could conclude that Alfred Beckley, in self-modesty, named the city for his father. There is also a photo of "Wildwood" on the last page of the application.
EDIT: I was looking through the 'Marking Our Past' book and noticed that this marker does not match the language listed in the book, the original marker stating that the city was named for John Beckley. This marker is a newer silver marker, obviously updated.
A pic of the Courthouse, since I was there:



For the Civil War buffs:



And one of the KLR with the Eccles Mine Explosions marker in the background. The "Washington Monument" type structure is a monument to Alfred Beckley for his Civil War service.

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Old 08-30-2009, 04:18 PM   #845
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Grandview Park

Intersection of 19/3 and 307 (listed as Missing)



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North side of marker:



paint is starting to flake and peel on both sides:







My wife and I were riding the Gold Wing through the area back in the mid 1990's. Grandview Park was one of our stops in West Virginia, and made a lasting impression upon us regarding the beauty of this amazing State. An impression that ultimately led to us packing up and moving here from Michigan last fall. Pictures do not do justice. If you are traveling I-64 between Beckley and Lewisburg, make the park a 'must see'.
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:56 PM   #846
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Pinecrest Sanitarium

US 19 / Bailey Avenue



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South side of marker:








I didn't venture onto the grounds. They probably have everything under control now.
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:49 PM   #847
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I took these pics before I read all the rules, so I couldn't find much back up info, and didn't try to track down the actual grave for pictures (apparently that is possible?)
I wanted to post this up because I couldn't find it anywhere on your list.





On Rt 16 south of Arnoldsburg WV, near the sleepy little village of Chloe, there is a roadside marker which points travelers to the grave of legendary mountain man Mike Fink a short distance away. Mike Fink and an Indian (unnamed) killed each other a hundred or more years ago and are buried here side by side. Their graves recently got a new headstone, according to our local newspaper. When we were kids, folks would say Mike Fink's ghost would talk to you. Just go up to the grave and say "Whatcha doin' Mike Fink?" and he'll answer -- nothing. [L. Sams, 08/30/2005]

Just north of Minnora, WV 16 North at county route 13, 2.3 miles north of county route 26
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Mike Fink's Grave - Calhoun Co - (Bruced Again!)

DuckWV beat me to this one. I stopped here Friday on the way down to Charleston, and was going to post these tonight, but decided to mow the yard first. Oh well, ya' snooze, ya' lose. I did ride up to the gravesite, so I'll post those photos too, if'n you don't mind. Thanks Duck.



Historical Marker located on Rt 16 about 1 mile northwest of Minora. (About 8 miles northwest of I-79 Exit 40) Side #1




Same Marker, Side #2




View northwest on Rt 16 ("Sweet 16")




Up CR 13 near Milo is the gravesite. Located just to the left of the road at the top of a hill. (Along the fence, between the two bare trees) Nowhere to park but in somebody's driveway.




View from across the road. Small marker to the left - 2 gravestones to the right.




Closeup of the 2 graves.
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:39 PM   #849
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Spreadsheet Updated

Marker spreadsheet is updated to Post #847 (1 Sept 2009)

Total Count: 632 Markers Photographed / Appx 50 Confirmed Missing

I'm showing only about 200 markers left (accounting for duplicates at county lines). Looking good! Keep it up and we might have them done by the end of the year. Then we can go hunting for the missing ones.

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Old 09-02-2009, 05:10 PM   #850
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Huff's Knob

US 19, west side of road. Mercer county, about 0.2 miles south of Raleigh county line.



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What it used to say:



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Rt3 The Lincoln County Primary Health Care Center (blue building).

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