McDowell County Mine Disasters


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 Location
Date
Number 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

 


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