Layland, West Virginia

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Layland, West Virginia
Bowyer Mine Supply Company Layland West Virginia
Bowyer Mine Supply Company Layland West Virginia
Layland is located in West Virginia
Layland is located in the United States
Coordinates: 37°53′21″N 80°58′16″W / 37.88917°N 80.97111°W / 37.88917; -80.97111Coordinates: 37°53′21″N 80°58′16″W / 37.88917°N 80.97111°W / 37.88917; -80.97111
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
2,431 ft (741 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)304 & 681
GNIS feature ID1554925[1]

Layland is an unincorporated community in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Layland is located on West Virginia Route 41, 6.5 miles (10.5 km) west-northwest of Meadow Bridge. Layland has a post office with ZIP code 25864.[2]

A former variant name was Gentry.[3]

Mining disaster[edit]

Layland was the site of a deadly mining explosion on March 2, 1915 in which 112 men were killed either by immediate impact or gas-induced suffocation. In the days following, approximately 53 survivors emerged from the mine after creating barricades to shield from the deadly gas.[4][5] A memorial was established in 2014 to honor the victims and survivors.[6]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  3. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 363.
  4. ^ "Hellraisers Journal: A Survivor's Story from the Layland Mine Disaster, Barricaded from After-Damp". Daily Kos. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  5. ^ "Layland, WV and Laurel Creek Mines". CoalCampUSA. Appalachian Coalfields. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  6. ^ "Layland memorial recognizes 112 killed almost a century ago". Charleston Gazette-Mail. 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2019-06-22.