Preserving Pocahontas

End of the Tannery Smokestack – 1976

Fire in the Hole! Dynamite shatters the base of the 150-foot International Shoe Co. smokestack in Marlinton, W.Va. on January 8, 1976 to make room for a new plant. Joe Laskey, 35, of Marlinton, won the right to dynamite the stack in a Charleston Daily Mail Contest. The photograph is from the Associated Press. (Pocahontas Co. Historical Society Collection, ID: PHS004373)

I’m ringing in the New Year by sharing my favorite quote from the venerable former Editor of The Pocahontas Times, Calvin W. Price: “Another year has come and gone and the planet is still spinning through space. We don’t know where we’re going, but we’re on our way!”

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