The coal industry provides around 30 thousand direct jobs for West Virginians.
One local area found a way to remember coal miners from past and present.
The Federal No. 3 Mine Memorial is not only for the miners that died in the explosion in 1927, but all of the miners who died in Everettville.
"We dedicated it to all the miners that died here. There was miners from the explosion that didn't get to go home," said Carol Thorn, the President of the Everettville Historical Association. "There's some of them laying in paupers' graves in Fairmont. There's also some that never got out of the mines."
The Memorial has the names of the 149 miners that died those names, including many veterans.
The Everettville Historical Association hosted its tenth annual service to honor the memories of the fallen miners.
The next step for the Historical Association is to finish the miners park.
"It was an operation for four Wars. There's a lot going on with mine," said Thorn. "It touched a lot of people all over the world and we're going to make this a Miners Memorial Park."
West Virginia University Landscaping Architecture students are working on panels to display in the Miners Park so people can know about the rich history of this mine and those around the state.