Pocahontas Mine No. 1

Pocahontas Mine No. 1 (HM1ZD0)

Location: Pocahontas, VA Tazewell County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.45', W 81° 20.764'

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The Southwest Virginia Improvement Company
opened Pocahontas Mine No. 1, the first to
exploit the rich seams of the Pocahontas Coalfield,
in 1882. An extension of the Norfolk and Western
Railway soon followed, bringing industrial development to Southwest Virginia and linking it to
Norfolk. The mine brought a mix of ethnic
groups from neighboring states and Europe to
the area, including African Americans, Hungarians,
Italians, Russians, Germans, and Welsh. Miners
produced about 1,000 tons of coal a day by 1883
In 1938, a closed section of the mine opened
as the nation's first Exhibition Coal Mine, which
educated visitors about the industry. Mining
operations ceased in 1955.
HM NumberHM1ZD0
Year Placed2012
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 3rd, 2017 at 12:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 469332 N 4129041
Decimal Degrees37.30750000, -81.34606667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.45', W 81° 20.764'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 27" N, 81° 20' 45.84" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near State Rte 659, Pocahontas VA , US
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