Nestled in a small low-lying part of the Savage Divide, the township of Monongah was a small mining town that was experiencing financial trouble. In fact, it was in dire financial straits, suffering a heavy recession because of a downturn in the mining economy. However, in April 2075, after the Hornwright Industrial Mining Company stepped in and offered financial relief in exchange for rights to the township's nearby coal mine, Monongah Mine, the town's fortunes improved. Many believed that it had been saved by Hornwright's mining operation.
Since the nearby mine had been in operation for centuries, the largely depleted coal deposits gave poor yields and were quickly exhausted by Hornwright's Auto-Miners. By January 2076, Hornwright Industrial was preparing to leave the mine, extracting the last coal and beginning to remove supplies still in the mine.
It was at this time that miners who were laid off when the mine was bought out, including Earle Williams and other Monongah townsfolk, drunkenly decided to steal what they could from the mine. Unfortunately for them, the mine's supervisor, Deke Sykes, blew up the entrance when everyone was still inside. Though Earle's daughter Maggie tried to dig them out with her bare hands, she was pulled away by others from Monongah and lied to that he and the others had simply skipped town. She didn't believe them and reasoned they were either paid off by the Hornwrights or were unwilling to pay for a rescue mission. The townspeople trapped inside turned to cannibalism to survive, with Earle Williams and the others trapped in the mine eventually forming into a wendigo colossus.
The town received continued financial payments until August 2077, when Hornwright Industrial stopped paying the mine royalties. Within a month, Monongah was sent into economic freefall, with the town council threatening legal action against Daniel Hornwright while also requesting government assistance from the state capitol.
Monongah is a small pre-War town near the Monongah Power Plant at the border of the Savage Divide and the Forest regions of Appalachia. The Scorched and radrats can roam the area, in addition to Liberators, but it is common to find mole miners roaming about during most visits to the area. The town has a rough circle shape, centered around the main street passing through the town and bisecting it into two halves. The northern half contains the local police station in the northwest, with residential buildings occupying the remainder of the area. The southern half includes the church in the western part, a house ruined by a giant boulder (the steamer trunk is right next to it), and the local stores on the southern edge.
The daily quest Someone to Talk To can be started in Dr. Eddie Harrison's house on the southwest side of town, as well as a chemistry station in the basement of the same house. There is a dead vault dweller behind the northeastern shop.
- Martha's letter - Note, on the front porch of a house. The house is on the southern end of the town and has a For Rent sign in front of it.
- Hornwright's proposal - Holotape, an elevated platform above a northeastern house, next to the skeleton.
- Animal control report - Note, on top of a filing cabinet next to the armory on the second floor of the police station.
- Forensics report and Missing: The Priblos - Notes, on the front desk of the police station.
- Incident evaluation - Note, inside of a filing cabinet near two terminals on the second floor of the police station.
- Potential Vault-Tec bobblehead - In the locked (Picklock 1) supply shed attached to one of the houses, on a shelf.
- Potential magazine - On the northern edge of town, beyond the gray cottage on the lookout deck, on the upturned wooden Nuka-Cola crate.
- Vox syringer - Obtained during the daily quest Someone to Talk To.
- Plan: Chemistry workbench - On the left corner of the chemistry workbench, inside Dr. Harrison's house.
- Package for Sheriff Darcy - Folder, on the front desk of the police station. Adds the notes Vigilant Citizen's note to Sheriff Darcy, Shanghai Sally: Berkeley Springs, Shanghai Sally: Casino Shootout, Shanghai Sally: Chapter Closed, Shanghai Sally: Conclusions to the player character's inventory.
- Someone to Talk To: A repeatable daily quest.
Monongah appears only in Fallout 76.
Behind the scenes
- Monongah Mine terminal entries; mining supervisor's terminal, supervisor's notes - 04.14.75
- Hornwright's proposal
- Monongah terminal entries; town council terminal, meeting minutes 04.02.75
- Monongah Mine terminal entries; mining supervisor's terminal, supervisor's notes - 04.18.75
- Monongah Mine terminal entries; mining supervisor's terminal, supervisor's notes - 01.07.76
- Vault Dweller: "When did this happen?"
Maggie Williams: "This was back in January of '76, after Hornwright cleaned out everything they could from the mine."
(Maggie Williams' dialogue)
- Vault Dweller: "How did he end up in Monongah Mine?"
Maggie Williams: "He and some other townsfolk got some liquid courage one night and decided to go up to the mine. I knew that damn bourbon would be the end of him somehow. They kept goin' on about getting the last of what they could before that Deke Sykes from Hornwright Industrial closed up the mine. Well, that son of a bitch ended up blastin' the entrance closed with everyone still inside."
(Maggie Williams' dialogue)
- Vault Dweller: "Why didn't anyone try to get them out?"
Maggie Williams: "You don't think I tried?! I clawed at the rubble until my hands bled and they had to drag me away. They told me that my pops ran off, and said the others left Monongah since there was no more work. I think it was some sort of cover up. They either got paid off by the Hornwrights to keep quiet, or they didn't want to deal withe the expenses of a rescue mission."
(Maggie Williams' dialogue)
- One choice
- Earle's journal
- Monongah terminal entries; town council terminal, meeting minutes 08.23.77
- Monongah terminal entries; town council terminal, meeting minutes 09.20.77