It’s official: Blair Mountain delisted

January 8, 2010 by Ken Ward Jr.


Making good on what it previously said it planned, the Interior Department’s National Park Service has formally announced it has removed Blair Mountain from the National Register of Historic Place.

There’s a brief notice of the move in today’s Federal Register.

We’ve covered this before here and here.

Jeff Biggers had this to say about it in his latest Huffington Post commentary:

Blair Mountain Scandal: National Park Service and WV State Historic Preservation Officer See Dead People and Remove Historic Battlefield from Registry: This Friday, Jan. 8th, the Federal Register should post that the historic Blair Mountain Battlefield was removed from the National Register on December 30, 2009, despite the fact that TWO dead people are listed as landowning objectors!

(Note to Sen Robert Byrd: Your office needs to intervene in this outrageous scandal immediately.)

5 Responses to “It’s official: Blair Mountain delisted”

  1. Tim Higgins says:

    Might as well delist Gettesburg. An Outrage of the highest order. One only needs to do a quick google search for Blair Mountain and the story is brought to life.

  2. WVState says:

    There’s a good reason that Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner of Culture and History AND the State Historic Preservation Officer, has a “Friends of Coal” sticker on his SUV.

  3. Kenneth King says:

    Oh well. That’s what happens when state agencies get corrupted by coal. Nothing new there. SHPO especially needs new management. The same person has been in charge there since at least 1993, when I first started dealing with them.

  4. Mike Jones says:

    This is just more of the Republicans and the rich rewriting or erasing history. The sign itself is a travesty as it doesn’t make it clear that the US Army Air Corps bombed and strafed the striking miners.

  5. Justin says:

    How did this happen, and how did they keep it as hushed up as they have. I redid Sprinkle Coal Dust on My Grave to help spread the word of this history rewrite. Was this not the reason they fought, to keep the company from getting away with making their own rules, safety issues, and not caring how they get their profit…. I support coal, I support out miners, though i damned their safety and the preservation of history.

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