Siltex Mine Portal and Memorial
The sealed portal to Siltex mine.
Diagram of Siltex Mine explosion site.
A large crowd gathers after the news of the disaster from an underground explosion at New River Company’s Siltex Mine on July 23, 1966. The photo was taken at a point near the mine’s entry, which is just a few feet from U.S. 21 and within Mount Hope.
Image of families awaiting the news of survivors from the day of the explosion.
Order from Federal Mining inspectors allowing the resumption of coal production.
John D. Rockefeller, IV campaigning for governor at Siltex Mine, Mt. Hope, WV 1972. Left to right: Rev. Gene Hall, Adrian Keeney, Jay Rockefeller.
Left to right Adrian Keeney, "Buster" Vandall, Governor Jay Rockefeller.
Those in the photo are Adrian Keeney, Governor Jay Rockefeller (left) and Junior Coleman, far right.
Backstory and Context
Kilsyth, WV, Coal Camp USA. Accessed May 18th 2021. http://www.coalcampusa.com/sowv/river/kilsyth/kilsyth.htm.
Neuman, Taylor. Remembrance service for mine explosion in Mount Hope, WVNSTV. July 18th 2018. Accessed May 18th 2021. https://www.wvnstv.com/news/remembrance-service-for-mine-explosion-in-mount-hope/.
Richmond, J. K. et al. Historical Summary of Coal Mine Explosion in the United States 1959-81. Bureau of Mines Information Circular. Published January 1st 1983.
"Siltix Mine Disaster." Beckley Post Herald (Beckley) July 24th 1966.
“Sparks from Shuttle Car Caused Disaster at Mine.”Vol. 87 No.32, The Raleigh Register, 29 July 1966.
Coal Camp USA. Accessed May 18th 2021. http://www.coalcampusa.com/sowv/river/kilsyth/kilsyth.htm.
Bureau of Mines Information. Accessed May 18th 2021.