Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial

Victoria King

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On April 5, 2010, 29 out of 31 coal miners were killed in an explosion that occurred roughly 1,000 feet underground at Massey Energy‘s Upper Big Branch coal mine at Montcoal, West Virginia.

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This incident marked the worst in the United States since 1970 incident in Kentucky in which 38 Finley Coal Company miners were killed. An investigation found the Mine Safety and Health Administration along with Massey Energy directly responsible for the explosion. Massey Energy is the sixth largest coal company in the nation. Click here for a pdf report to the governor concerning a failure of basic safety practices.

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The Upper Big Branch Memorial is located in Whitesville, West Virginia, and was created to honor those in the mines and those who came to the aid of the miners at short notice. The memorial is 48-ft long with 29 life-sized silhouettes representing the miners.

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Bridge Day 2013 Recap

West Virginia travel queen

After a LONG day, I’m finally at home in my office uploading pictures from BRIDGE DAY and I can’t wait to share  them with you!  This was probably the 15th Bridge Day that I’ve attended; I’m now 26 and every third Saturday in October for most of my life, I have ventured to Fayetteville, walked across the New River Gorge Bridge, and watched the BASE jumpers.  My parents started taking me when I was a kid and since then, I’ve experienced the event with friends, significant others, and today I went with my Dad.  I even got my first bee sting at Bridge Day when I was 8 and spent an hour crying in the back of the Jan-Care ambulance.  As many times as I’ve been, you’d think I’d be over it by now but I never will be — it’s a tradition!

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