Logan County is also the site of the Buffalo Creek Flood which resulted in the deaths of more than 130 people when Pittston Coal Company refused to repair a damaged and heavily overloaded coal slag dam in the head of Buffalo Creek. The best book about that incident is "Everything In Its Path" by Kai T. Erikson. In a more recent book, "A New Species Of Trouble", Erikson writes about man made disasters and once again discusses Buffalo Creek at length. There are also several other books about the incident. Logan County played a historic role in the labor movement and Buffalo Creek is a classic case of the general public suffering at the hands of big business.
Logan County is also the site of 22 Holden which was one of the worst coal mine explosions in history. I will eventually write longer, separate postings about each of these historic events. Each of them deserves to be written about, discussed, and never forgotten. Throughout and following each of them, the people of Logan County and Southern West Virginia used native Appalachian values to overcome disaster. The general public deserves to know far more about those incidents.
Logan County was also the home of Jim Ferrell, the best friend I ever had. Please read my separate posting about Jim, an Appalachian Hero.
Logan County also played a prominent role in the Hatfield-McCoy Feud which has been used as partial justification of much of the prejudice and discrimination toward Appalachians. Logan County is also the site of the Hatfield Cemetery which holds the graves of most of the members of the Hatfield family at the time of the feud. It is worthy of designation as a state historic site.
|Statue of Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield In The Hatfield Cemetery|