Misfortune in the Mountains

A Time Line of Tragedies that Shaped West Virginia

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Through its 150-year history, the state of West Virginia has been scarred by tragedies — mine disasters, flooding, storms, fires. But Mountaineers are resilient by nature. Not only overcoming adversity, disaster and tragedies, resident change the way they do things to prevent future damage and loss of life.

This hardcover, coffee-table book, which includes 25 tragedies that span a 130-year time period, is of statewide interest and includes major mine disasters, floodings, bridge collapses, severe weather and fires that have ravaged towns across the Mountain State.

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