The name Monongah is a derivative of Monongahela, the river just north of the town. Incorporated in 1891, Monongah was originally called Briar Town, and later Camdensburg, after Senator Johnson N. Camden. Prominent individuals born in Monongah include Ruth Broe, U.S. Marine; Senator Roman Prezioso, and University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban. In Monongah, find trailhead access to the West Fork River/Ralph S. LaRue Rail Trail.
Monongah’s storied history includes what is referred to as the “worst mining disaster in American History” in 1907. Fairmont Coal Company Mines No. 6 and No. 8 exploded on the morning of December 6, 1907. Monongah suffered the loss of all 358 miners underground and an engineer on the surface. In 2007, memorials were erected in the center of town to recognize the centennial of the mining disaster.
Dairy Kone and the Monongah Furniture & Antiques are two favorite spots in town.