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Since the first coal mining in the 1800’s, McDowell County, located in the southern part of West Virginia, has suffered more mine disasters than any county in the state. These disasters, mostly mine explosions, accounted for over 500 fatalities from 1902 to 1964.

  • Mine Name and LocationDateNumber of Victims
  • Algoma No. 7 (Algoma, WV) – September 15, 1902 – 17
  • Grapevine (Wilcoe, WV) – February 26, 1905 – 7
  • Tidewater (Vivian, WV) – July 5, 1905 – 5
  • Tidewater (Vivian, WV) – November 4, 1905 – 7
  • Lick Branch, first (Switchback, WV) – December 29, 1908 – 50
  • Lick Branch, second (Switchback, WV) – January 12, 1909 – 67
  • Standard (Capels, WV) – August 1, 1911 – 6
  • Bottom Creek (Vivian, WV) – November 11, 1911 – 18
  • Jed (Jed, now Havaco, WV) – March 26, 1912 – 80
  • Yukon (Susanna, WV) – December 15, 1917 – 18
  • King No. 28 (Vivian, WV) – March 28, 1916 – 10
  • Carswell (Kimball, WV) – July 18, 1919 – 7
  • Yukon No. 2 (Yukon, WV) – March 28, 1924 – 24
  • Capels – Shannon Branch No. 3 (Capels, WV) – May 13, 1927 – 8
  • Keystone (Keystone, WV) – April 2, 1928 – 8
  • Yukon No. 1 (Yukon, WV) – May 22, 1928 – 17
  • Princess Pocahontas (Roderfield, WV) – November 30, 1928 – 6
  • Pond Creek No. 1 (Bartley, WV) (Bartley Memorial) – January 10, 1940 – 91
  • Carswell (Carswell, WV) – January 22, 1941 – 6
  • Havaco No. 9 (Havaco, WV) – January 15, 1946 – 15
  • Berwind No. 11 (Capels, WV) – August 6, 1948 – 6
  • Bishop Coal Company (Bishop, WV) – February 4, 1957 – 39
  • Amonate (Amonate, WV) – December 27, 1957 – 11
  • Bishop Coal Company (Bishop, WV) – October 26, 1958 – 22
  • Island Creek No. 6 (Bartley, WV) – September 28, 1964 – 3