Bishop Mine Disasters


Bishop, VA/WV
February 4, 1957, about 1:55 am
Pocahontas Fuel Company, Mine #34
Left entry of the Pine Ridge Main Heading

Ralph Altizer
Harvey Bailey
Walter Carter
Wallace Chafin
Kern Coleman
Frank Collins
Stacy Couch
Lowell Crockett
Kenneth Dillon
Robert Dudley
Paul Farrington
Sam Garsant
Clarence Gravely
Kelly Hicks
Dallas Johnson
Gordon Keene
Jack Kern
Rovie Levito
Clarence McGraw
Sylvie Myers
Earl Nunley
Raymond Owensby
James Parnell
Blaine Rowe
Manuel Sancion
Fred Sefabaugh
Edward Shell
Luther Short
Jesse Ray Smith, Jr.
James Thompson
Jesse Vance
Joseph Varge
Hansel Viers
Edward Watkins


Bishop VA/WV
October 27, 1958, about 8:20 am
Pocahontas Fuel Company, Mine #34
Left entry of the Pine Ridge Main Heading

Alex Adderson
Fred Bandy
Bandy Beavers
Calvin Blankenship
Harold Dangerfield
Louis Ferguson
Jack Garland
John Gates
Sam Gillespie
Arthur Hill
William Johnson
W. D. McKinney
James Nelley
Neil Rutherford
Kenneth Sexton
Uylsses Spradlin
Norris Stiltner
Holliday Sutherland
Tony Vilacha
Albert Wilfong
Robert Winningham
Coloso Wilson

The main entry portal of Mine #34, Pocahontas Fuel Company, Bishop, VA/WV, lay in Tazewell Co., VA, near Horsepen; the processing plant lay about two miles across the state line in McDowell County, WV. Both explosions, attributed to methane gas, occurred almost directly under the state line.

Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV, February 24, 2003, pages A-1 and A-5.

Submitted by: June White

McDowell County - McDowell County Mine Disasters