Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Blair Request For Review Of The History Of Mountain
The Office of the State Historic Preservation will consider the appointment of Tony Blair Mountain on the National Register of Historic Places.
Caryn Gresham, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Culture and History of the Friends of Blair Mountain said yesterday that he would organize a meeting with officials of the group and the state to move the nomination process forward.
After a small demonstration outside the culture, near the state capital, the Gresham group that received a petition with more than 26,000 names of people in the world who support making Blair Mountain a state park or historic national levels. The names were collected online.
In 1921, an armed rebellion among the miners union, Logan County police and private security forces hired by the coal companies broken when federal troops intervened by order of President Warren Harding. About 100 men died.
Harvard Ayers, a professor of Archaeology at Appalachian State University, interviewed Blair Mountain in 2006. "During the 85 years between 1921 and 2006, the leaves had fallen from the trees in the forest," said Ayers.
"They were to land, and most of the errors, two, three, four inches below the surface that actually gives a context in which the person sealed fell that day in 1921 is where we ' found and it is how you can get and we found 1,100 artifacts, most sockets. "
Friends of Blair Mountain to see the untapped potential of the region. They have already opened a small museum. Their plans for a bus and nature tours, battle reenactments, living history and a monument of coal in the city.
Retired Coal Miner Joe Stanley says to save Blair Mountain tourists are able to provide jobs.
"The Friends of Blair Mountain objective is to develop this or that has evolved in a state or national park, there may be sound economic consequences of this community, would be the southern area of West Virginia with similar style by Colonial Williamsburg has been done, and has a large economic impact, "said Stanley.
Two coal companies, coal Natural Resources and Alpha Arch, try extracting the mines at the top of the mountain Mount Blair. The mountain was named to the National Historic Register in 2009 but was withdrawn after a disagreement over the number of owners who oppose the declaration was discovered.
The National Park Service is facing a lawsuit by several groups in preserving the delisting of the mountain. The judge in Washington DC, is expected to take a decision on whether the case can proceed sometime this month.
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