Outside the Aracoma Hotel during the Battle of Blair Mountain courtesy of Joe Adams.
The Battle of Blair Mountain was one of the largest civil uprisings in United States history and the largest armed rebellion since the American Civil War. For five days in late August and early September 1921, in Logan County, West Virginia, some 10,000 armed coal miners confronted 3,000 lawmen and strikebreakers, called the Logan Defenders led by Logan County Sheriff Don Chafin. Sheriff Chafin was paid by coal mine operators to stop the attempt by the miners to unionize the southwestern West Virginia coalfields. The striking miners dislike of Chafin is epitomized by the song they sang on their march to Logan: “We’ll Hang Don Chafin from a Sour Apple Tree”. The battle ended after approximately one million rounds were fired, after the United States Army intervened by presidential order.
There is another Battle of Blair Mountain that’s been going on and that is the battle to save this historic site. The outcome is still pending.
The Battle of Blair Mountain
Silent film taken right after the Battle of Blair Mountain.
Blair Mountain, WV: The West Virginia Mine Wars
Blair Mountain 1992 – before Mountaintop Removal. The video below was taken from the top of the Blair Mountain Fire Tower. The tower has been torn down so people can’t go up there and film the mountaintop removal mining that is going on.
RIP, Mr. James Weekley August 26, 2014 by Ken Ward Jr. blogs.wvgazette.com
James “Jimmy” Weekley, 74, of Blair, died Aug. 22, 2014. Mr. Weekley was one of the lead plaintiffs in the first major court case to challenge mountaintop removal. He was one of a few very brave citizens who put a lot on the line to try to take a stand for their home…more