Scotts Run/The First Shack
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N 39° 40.021 W 080° 01.076
17S E 584235 N 4391260
Quick Description: Historical marker for Scotts Run and The Shack along US 19/WV 7 near Pursglove, West Virginia.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 8/14/2008 12:26:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM4ETE
By the 1930s 10,000 residents representing 28 nationalities and tied to the coal industry crowded the hillsides, victims of severe poverty brought on by a coal recession and Great Depression. "The Shack" and Scotts Run Settlement House brought needed services and interest of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in relief programs.
The First Shack
North 50 feet was first site for "The Shack," community center set up by Presbyterian mission worker Mary Behner to serve mining families of Scotts Run. Opened in a former stable of Pursglove Coal Co., 1932. Site of educational, religious and community service programs, and political, social and labor meetings. Relocated in 1938.
Marker Title: Scotts Run/The First Shack
Marker Location: Along US 19/WV 7 near Pursglove, West Virginia
County or Independent City: Monongalia County
Marker Program Sponsor: West Virginia Division of Archives & History
Marker Number: Not listed
Web Site: Not listed