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1797

Salt furnaces in Kanawha County began

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1815

James Otis Watson was born in Fairmont

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1840

90 furnaces produced a million bushels of salt annually

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1852

James Watson organized the Montana Mining Company

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1860

25 independent coal companies were organized

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1867

Only 490,000 tons of coal were produced in West Virginia

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1893

Clarence Wayland Watson founded the Briar Hill Coal Company

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1902

Watson-Fleming-Camden syndicate acquired the Somerset Coal Company

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1909

Consolidation Coal, Fairmont Coal and Somerset Coal companies combined into the Consolidation Coal Company

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1917

89.4 million tons of coal produced in West Virginia

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1932

Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act

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1997

Coal production reached record of 182 million tons

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