This Town In West Virginia Has A Dark And Evil History That Will Never Be Forgotten

Matewan is a peaceful little town of 500 with a railway depot, homey restaurants, and scenic hiking trails. But this town has a darker, bloody history.

The events in Matewan sparked attention that ultimately led to the miner uprising and the Battle of Blair Mountain. Although many miners died in the battle and change was slow to come, it ultimately raised awareness of the terrible conditions, and miners were eventually able to form unions to advocate for their safety.

The Mine Wars Museum is closed to the public for the season, but special tours can be scheduled for groups, and you can read more about the history of Matewan and the Mine Wars on their website.

Read more about the influence of a company store, or see the remains of a ghost town here in West Virginia.