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LORADO

Lorado sits at the mouth of Davy Branch of Buffalo Creek. The village was established in 1914 and was first called Lorain, from the Lorain Coal and Dock Company. In May 1915 the coal company directors changed the name to Lorado, combining the first two syllables of "lorain" and "dock." The change was made to distinguish it from the Lorain (Ohio) Dock and Company of which it was a subsidiary. The word "Lorado" was also used as a trade name for coal. (Doutt, Logan County, pp. 66-67; Kenny, WV Place Names, p. 385).

In 1972 Buffalo No. 5, No. 5-A, No. 5-B, and No. 5-C mines of the Buffalo Mining Company were located at Lorado. These mines employed 328 persons and produced 528,000 tons of coal annually (WV Directory of Mines, 1972, sheet 26). There was also the S-5744 mine of the Buffalo Mining Company (Lyburn), which employed 13 persons and produced 8,500 tons of coal annually (WV Directory of Mines, 1972, sheet 28).

There were twenty-three known fatalities, and two missing, from Lorado:

       David B. Adkins, Sr., 27 years - Father (Electrician for Buffalo Mining Company
       David B. Adkins, Jr., 4 years - Son
       Dorinda L. Adkins, 3 months - Daughter(Missing)

       Sylvia Albright, 39 years - Mother
       Steven Albright, 17 years - Son

       Edith Blankenship, 61 years

       Roscoe Clay, 74 years (Missing)

       Willie Dempsey, 42 years - Husband (Motorman, No. 5 Mine, Buffalo Mining Company)
       Aletha V. Dempsey, 38 years - Wife
       Betty Frances Vernatter, 4 years - Daughter (Adopted)

       James Dillon, 32 years - Husband (Shuttle car oporator, No. 5 Mine, Buffalo Mining Company
       Thelma Dillon, 36 years - Wife
       Sharon Dillon, 13 years - Daughter
       Curtis Dillon, 10 years - Son
       Howard Dillon, 8 years - Son
       Darla Dillon, 5 years - Daughter

       Jesse Messer, 35 years

       Macie Queen, 54 years
       Kennedy, Grace, 71 years (from Easley, South Carolina, visiting Macie Queen, her sister-in-law)

       Goldie Sipple, 38, about 38 years

       Florencio Sosa, 65 years - Husband
       Mary M. Sosa, 46 years - Wife

       Frank Lee Workman, 69 years


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