West Virginia Coal Mining

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This entry was originally written by Johni Cerny, in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the West Virginia Family History Research series.
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Woven into West Virginia’s history is that of the coal miner. Regarding coal mine accidents, the following may be helpful:

  • Dillon, Lacy A. They Died in the Darkness. Parsons, W.Va.: McClain Printing Co., 1976.
  • ———. They Died for King Coal. Winona, Minn.: Apollo Books, 1985.
  • Stinson, Helen S. Fatalities in West Virginia Coal Mines, 1883–1925. N.p.: the author, 1985.
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