The Aracoma Hotel
The Aracoma Hotel was a historic building in southern West Virginia. It was the most historical building in Logan County. Sadly, it came to an end in 2010 after a fire devastated destroyed the hotel. Many visitors stayed there, and the hotel played a key part in the Mine Wars in the 1920s in the southern coalfields.
Backstory and Context
Many people in the past have said that the Aracoma Hotel was the "largest and most expensive building in Logan County." With that being said, it was definitely the most historic of all buildings. During the Coal Wars of the 1920s, the lobby was used as a food bank to distribute food to police officers, miners, and soldiers that were anti-union. The people who would usually use it for this were coalfield women. There were also many famous guests who had once stayed at the hotel too. These famous people include, the Cincinatti Red's baseball team, Eleanor Roosevelt, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, along with his brother, Edward.
However, in 2010, the Aracoma Hotel burned down. The cause was supposed to be because of the company that were helping them fix the hotel but was then ruled by something else. In April of 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the fire was caused by an off-duty employee dropping his cigarette. Nothing was done about this incidentally, but the off-duty employee died.
The hotel then went under construction during the next few years. The county decided that the hotel probably would not be put to much use, so they decided to just tear the rest down. Now, there is a DHHR building in its place. The DHHR building is a government building and stands for Department of Human and Health Resources. The building is used every day, but the citizens of Logan County will forever cherish the Aracoma Hotel.