SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 2
(By Senators Browning, Green, Stollings, Plymale, Klempa and Yost)
Requesting the Division of Highways name County Routes 1 and 3, excluding that section of County Route 1 between mileposts 4.62 and 4.84, between Jesse and Glen Rogers in Wyoming County the “Glen Rogers Coal Miner Memorial Highway”.
Whereas, The community of Glen Rogers was the site of the first major coal mine in Wyoming County, having opened in 1921 and reaching highs of employment of nearly 1,000 men and annual production of nearly one million tons of coal annually during the 1930's and 1940's before it was closed in 1960; and
Whereas, Glen Rogers was home to several prominent individuals, including William C. Marland, Governor of West Virginia from 1953 to 1957; and
Whereas, Sadly, coal production at Glen Rogers came at the cost of 160 working fatalities, including four disasters; and
Whereas, A methane gas explosion November 6, 1923, killed 27 men, the worst accident of any kind in Wyoming County history; and
Whereas, Five workers died September 23, 1922, when equipment fell on them during construction of the mine’s 720-foot deep shaft; eight lives were lost in an underground explosion January 6, 1931; and a roof fall claimed the lives of five miners on December 9, 1957; and
Whereas, It is fitting that tribute be paid to both the sacrifices and contributions of the coal miners and residents of this area of Wyoming County; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways name County Routes 1 and 3, excluding that section of County Route 1 between mileposts 4.62 and 4.84, between Jesse and Glen Rogers in Wyoming County the “Glen Rogers Coal Miner Memorial Highway”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the highway as the “Glen Rogers Coal Miner Memorial Highway”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the Wyoming County Historical Museum in Oceana.