No. 9

It was early in the morning on November 20, 1968 when an explosion rocked the small town of Farmington, West Virginia. It was powerful enough to be felt miles away, in the larger city of Fairmont. Miners and their families lived in fear of the sound of an explosion and the blaring of the alarm…

Country Roads

Country Roads

Harrison County Mayors Discuss Fixing West Virginia Roads[1] West Virginia Officials: Staffing Issues Slowing Road Repair[2] West Virginia’s commissioner of highways tours 50 miles of roads in Marshall County[3] Miller Brings Out Platform—Hits School Politics and Condition of Roads in Talk at Armory[4] Bad Road Conditions Trigger ‘Blockade’[5] Gov. Justice announces plans to fix secondary…

A Brief History of Coal

A Brief History of Coal

To understand a lot of what I will be discussing on this blog, you first need to understand coal in the United States.  Coal has dominated the narrative of West Virginia history and still tends to dominate its politics today. Its presence has also influenced the economies and history of the other states in the…