Eccles Mine Explosions

Eccles Mine Explosions (HM14W6)

Location: Beckley, WV 25801 Raleigh County
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N 37° 46.662', W 81° 11.321'

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Five miles west at Eccles, on April 28, 1914, a gas explosion in No. 5 Mine in the Beckley seam killed 174 miners; another nine died in No. 6 Mine above from blackdamp. On March 8, 1926, 19 died in No. 5. In 1891, Royal Mine on New River was first to open in Raleigh County. From 1891 to 1991, county mines produced in excess of 791M tons of coal, while accidents claimed the lives of 2,121 miners.
HM NumberHM14W6
Year Placed1994
Placed ByRaleigh County Historical Society, West Virginia, Archives and History
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 12:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 483384 N 4181167
Decimal Degrees37.77770000, -81.18868333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 46.662', W 81° 11.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 46' 39.72" N, 81° 11' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 123 Main St, Beckley WV 25801, US
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