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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia. Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

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  • Fatal day Twenty-one miners escaped alive, but another 78 perished in the explosion at Consolidation Coal’s No. 9 mine near Farmington on November 20, 1968. Photo courtesy Charleston Newspapers. Read More »

  • Golf at Twin Falls Fall colors attract sports and nature fans to the Mountain State. Read More »

  • Marshall plane crash On November 14, 1970, a chartered plane crashed, killing all 75 passengers and crew members. The victims included nearly the entire Marshall football team, most of the team’s coaches, and several fans. Read More »

  • Showcase for art The Huntington Museum of Art opened on November 9, 1952, as the Huntington Galleries. The state’s largest art museum hosts traveling exhibits and has permanent collections that include Ohio Valley glass, firearms, and fine art. Read More »

  • New River The New River Gorge National River was established by Congress on November 10, 1978. It is one of only three national rivers in the country. Read More »

  • Flood of 1985 Thirty years ago, heavy rains brought fatal flooding to West Virginia. Forty-seven people were killed, and several towns, including Moorefield, were heavily damaged. Read More »

  • Back to school in the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. Read More »

  • Fall in the Mountain State Cooler temperatures and the beginning of fall foliage bring visitors to the state's mountains. Read More »

This Date in History

November 30, 1930: Mother Jones died


The agitator Mary Harris ‘‘Mother’’ Jones, a leader in the American labor movement from the 1890s until her death in 1930, made a profound impression on West Virginia.

An Irish immigrant, Mary Harris was born in probably 1837. Her family arrived at Boston in 1850, then followed her father’s work as a railroad construction laborer into Canada. She attended Toronto Normal School, leaving in 1859 to teach in a convent school in Michigan. She later taught in Memphis, where her husband, ...

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