Landscape as Arena and Spatial Narrative in the New River Gorge National River’s Coal Camps: A Case Study of the Elverton, West Virginia 1914 Strike

Landscape as Arena and Spatial Narrative in the New River Gorge National River’s Coal Camps: A... Abstract: In this paper we examine a case study of Elverton, West Virginia as evidence of how external factors shape commemoration. Elverton was a small coal town and the site of a short, but successful labor uprising in 1914 during the peak of mining in West Virginia. We frame this case study from the perspective of landscape as arena and as spatial narrative. We find that as an arena, no groups have initiated commemoration of the landscape, likely because Elverton is difficult to access. Evidence also suggests Elverton is not included by the National Park Service’s spatial narrative of the New River Gorge because of limited resources. Instead, the National Park Services uses more accessible sites requiring less costly renovations to depict the completion of the mining boom in this region. In both perspectives, Elverton’s lack of commemoration also appears to be attributed to its previous landowners: coal mining companies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southeastern Geographer University of North Carolina Press

Landscape as Arena and Spatial Narrative in the New River Gorge National River’s Coal Camps: A Case Study of the Elverton, West Virginia 1914 Strike

Southeastern Geographer, Volume 55 (4) – Mar 4, 2015

Landscape as Arena and Spatial Narrative in the New River Gorge National River’s Coal Camps: A Case Study of the Elverton, West Virginia 1914 Strike


in the New River Gorge National River's Coal Camps A Case Study of the Elverton, West Virginia 1914 Strike RHIANNON A. LEEBRICK University of Tennessee JAMES N. MAPLES Eastern Kentucky University In this paper we examine a case study of Elverton, West Virginia as evidence of how external factors shape commemoration. Elverton was a small coal town and the site of a short, but successful labor uprising in 1914 during the peak of mining in West Virginia. We frame this case study from the perspective of landscape as arena and as spatial narrative. We find that as an arena, no groups have initiated commemoration of the landscape, likely because Elverton is difficult to access. Evidence also suggests Elverton is not included by the National Park Service's spatial narrative of the New River Gorge because of limited resources. Instead, the National Park Services uses more accessible sites requiring less costly renovations to depict the completion of the mining boom in this region. In both perspectives, Elverton's lack of commemoration also appears to be attributed to its previous landowners: coal mining companies. pueblo minero del carbón y el sitio de una breve pero exitosa sublevación de trabajadores en 1914 durante el auge de la minería en West Virginia. Enmarcamos este estudio de caso en la perspectiva del paisaje como escenario y como narrativa espacial. Encontramos que como escenario, ningún grupo ha iniciado la conmemoración del paisaje, probablemente porque Elverton es de difícil acceso. La evidencia sugiere también que Elverton no se halla incluido en la narrativa espacial del Servicio de Parques Nacionales sobre el New River Gorge debido a recursos limitados. En su lugar, el Servicio de Parques Nacionales utiliza sitios más accesibles que requieren renovaciones menos costosas para representar el término/el fin de la bonanza minera en esta región. Bajo ambas perspectivas, la...
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Abstract: In this paper we examine a case study of Elverton, West Virginia as evidence of how external factors shape commemoration. Elverton was a small coal town and the site of a short, but successful labor uprising in 1914 during the peak of mining in West Virginia. We frame this case study from the perspective of landscape as arena and as spatial narrative. We find that as an arena, no groups have initiated commemoration of the landscape, likely because Elverton is difficult to access. Evidence also suggests Elverton is not included by the National Park Service’s spatial narrative of the New River Gorge because of limited resources. Instead, the National Park Services uses more accessible sites requiring less costly renovations to depict the completion of the mining boom in this region. In both perspectives, Elverton’s lack of commemoration also appears to be attributed to its previous landowners: coal mining companies.

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