On This Day
in West Virginia History...

Newspaper Headline, Layland Mine

On March 2, 1915, an explosion at Layland in Fayette County killed 112 coal miners.

Learn more:
"Roaring Blast From Layland Mine"
"As from the Tomb Forty Seven Survivors of Layland Walk From The Mine"
A Survivors Story (Layland Mine Disaster)
106 Dead and 53 Alive Recovered From Mine (Layland Mine Disaster)
Department of Mines Report on the Layland Mine Disaster (includes casualty list)
Map of the Layland Mine Disaster

Pasteboard Capitol

On March 2, 1927, fire destroyed the temporary "pasteboard" capitol in Charleston.

Learn more:
"Fire Destroys Temporary Capitol"

On This Day in West Virginia History: March

West Virginia Archives and History