Mother Jones Prison

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Mother Jones Prison
Mother Jones Prison is located in West Virginia
Mother Jones Prison
Mother Jones Prison is located in the United States
Mother Jones Prison
Location305 Center Street,
Pratt, West Virginia
Coordinates38°12′38.1″N 81°23′1.4″W / 38.210583°N 81.383722°W / 38.210583; -81.383722Coordinates: 38°12′38.1″N 81°23′1.4″W / 38.210583°N 81.383722°W / 38.210583; -81.383722
NRHP reference No.92001876[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 27, 1992
Removed from NRHPSeptember 22, 1997

Mother Jones Prison, also known as Mrs. Carney's Boarding House, was located at Pratt, Kanawha County, West Virginia. It was a large two-story structure constructed by the Willis Brothers and used mostly as a boarding house. It was the "prison" in which labor organizer and agitator Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was detained during the 1912–1913 mine wars.[2]

The building was a National Historic Landmark. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. It was delisted in 1997, after demolition in 1996.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Paul D. Marshall and Michael J. Pauley (June 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Pratt Historic District" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  3. ^ "Withdrawal of Mother Jones Prison: National Historic Landmarks Program (NHL)". National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-01-27.