Origins of Big Stone Gap

Origins of Big Stone Gap (HM1PJF)

Location: Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 Wise County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 52.097', W 82° 46.381'

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This was the site of the Gilley famly farm,
settled by John and Mary Barger Gilley about
1790. The family cemetery was located just
south at the end of Graveyard Alley. Named
Imboden after Brig. Gen. John D. Imboden when
it was laid out on parts of the
Horton, and Flanary farms, the town
was incorporated on 7 Apr. 1882 as Mineral City.
Its name was changed to Big Stone Gap on 23 Feb. 1888, when the town boundaries were enlarged.
Soon, as several railroads converged here, the town grew due to the importance of the iron and
coal mining industries.
Marker NumberKA-12
Year Placed1995
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 9:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 341965 N 4081728
Decimal Degrees36.86828333, -82.77301667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 52.097', W 82° 46.381'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 52' 5.82" N, 82° 46' 22.86" W
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Area Code(s)276
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-9 E Jerome St S, Big Stone Gap VA 24219, US
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