House Concurrent Resolution 22 History
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 22
(By Delegates Butcher, Eldridge, Stowers and Rodighiero)
Requesting the West Virginia Division of Highways to name that
portion of highway beginning on State Route 17 at Man, Logan
County, West Virginia and continuing for seventeen miles the
"Buffalo Creek Memorial Highway."
Whereas, On February 26, 1972, one hundred twenty-five people
were killed, one thousand one hundred and twenty-one, out of a
population of five thousand were injured and over four thousand
were left homeless when the Pittston Coal Company's coal slurry
impoundment dam #3 burst in Logan County, West Virginia; and
Whereas, Hundreds of homes, mobile homes and thirty businesses
were destroyed by the tragic event; and
Whereas, West Virginia State Route 17 has been reconstructed
since what has become known as the "Buffalo Creek Flood" beginning
at Man, Logan County, West Virginia; and
Whereas, The memory of those who perished in the February 26,
1972 flood still lives in the hearts and minds of their family and
friends, the entire Logan County community and the State of West
Virginia, and thus it is only fitting that these highway so near
the site of the tragic
"Buffalo Creek Flood"
; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the West Virginia
Division of Highways to name that portion of highway
State Route 17 at Man, Logan County, West Virginia and continuing
for seventeen miles the "Buffalo Creek Memorial Highway"
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways cause
appropriate signs to be placed so designating the "
," and that two historical plaques recounting the
tragic flood be placed on the opposite lanes of the "
"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates
forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of
the Division of Highways, the County Commission of Logan County and
the Town of Man.