By Bob Campione

Coal within the usa was once came across within the 18th century through landowners and farmers at the slopes of the hillsides within the Appalachian sector. It was once now not until eventually the overdue nineteenth century that this black rock could develop into part of an business revolution. one of many first mines to commercially produce coal was once in Fairmont, West Virginia, and started the Consolidated Coal company. On November 20, 1968, the Farmington No. nine mine explosion replaced the process security for destiny mining and the lives of seventy eight households whose sons, husbands, fathers, and family by no means got here again from the cateye shift the following day.

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