Standing tall on the front lawn of the Boone County Courthouse in Madison is
2-inch bronze and metal statue as an everlasting tribute to coal miners--past, present and future.
The Coal River Council of the Holmes Safety Association raised funds to
erect the statue as a
memorial to an industry that originated in Boone County. Thanks to the support of local merchants, UMWA District 17, The County Commission and Mining Operations, the statue was unveiled on Labor
Day, September 2, 1991.|
For decades, Boone County has ranked first or near the
top in coal production statistics in West Virginia. Nearly 2,000 miners labor in the county, and
for every person directly employed in the coal industry, three more work in coal-related support
occupations. Boone County's 506 square miles has more coal reserves than any other place in the
world equal to its size.
Coal Country people are proud of their coal heritage.
We'll make you feel right at home whether you're looking to locate here or just visiting. Our
hospitality and friendliness are part of the heritage that is Boone County.