Thursday, June 22, 2017

West Virginia Trip Post #6 - Mine Wars Museum

Following our drive to Blair Mountain (or as close as we could get to it), we next headed to Matewan, West Virginia, the home of the new Mine Wars Museum.  The timing of our trip coincidentally coincided with the annual reenactment of the Battle of Matewan.  The Battle of Matewan took place on May 19, 1920 and was a shoot out between local coal miners and the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency.  Here are a few shots I took of the reenactment.

Very cool!  After this we took a short walk through the town and visiting the Mine Wars Museum, a small, but very informative museum.

Toward the end of the day we drove to Welch, WV and stopped at the courthouse, the site of the murder of Sid Hatfield a year after the Battle of Matewan.

A very busy, but a very fun and informative day for us!

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