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MONONGAH, WV

This Marion County coal camp was the scene of the worst coal mining disaster in American history. On December 7, 1907 an explosion in the mine (in the Pittsburgh seam) caused the deaths of 361 coal miners, mostly immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. The operator of the Monongah mine was the Fairmont Coal Company, actually a subsidiary of the Consolidation Coal Company.

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A section of the rather large coal camp. (Nov. 2004 image by author)


A row of coal camp houses. (Nov. 2004 image by author)


Unlike may coal camps Monongah actually has a small commercial district. (Nov. 2004 image by author)


This vintage shop building from the Monongah mines has survived becuase CONSOL is still using it and surrounding structures as a central repair shop for their northern WV mines. (Nov. 2004 image by author)

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