Blair, Logan County, West Virginia


Blair, Logan County, West Virginia

Blair is an unincorporated community in Logan County, West Virginia, United States, on the Spruce Fork. Blair lies along West Virginia Route 17. According to the Geographic Names Information System, Blair has also been known as Ginseg, Ginseng, and Seng.

In 1921, nearby Blair Mountain was the site of the West Virginia Mine Wars between thousands of rioting coal miners and federal troops, which came to the aid of embattled local authorities. Federal troops prevailed, and an unknown but relatively small number of people were killed in the fighting.

Also, during the Battle of Blair Mountain, a part of the West Virginia Mine Wars, federal troops dropped bombs upon miners attempting to reach the top.

Since the mid 1990s, Blair has been quickly depopulated by the expansion of Arco Coal Company's surface mine on Blair Mountain just above the town. Arco has bought out many local residents and filled part of the valley in which Blair rests with rock from the blasting on the mountain. About two-thirds of the approximately two hundred homes that were in Blair in the early 1990s have since been demolished.

In December 2005 a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit to stop Arco from getting the necessary permits to create more valley fills. At the time of writing, this lawsuit was not resolved.

References

*cite web | title= The Redneck War of 1921 |url=http://www.rootsweb.com/%7ewvcoal/red.html
*cite web | title= The Coalfield Communities of Southern West Virginia | url= http://www.wvcoalfield.com
*cite web | title= OHVEC | url=http://www.ohvec.org
*cite book | first=George | last=Torok | year=2004 | title=A Guide to the Historic Coal Towns of the Big Sandy River Valley | publisher=University of Tennessee Press | location=Knoxville

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