The United Mine Workers of America is siding with the preservationists in the court fight but isn't participating in the march.
President Cecil Roberts, whose great-uncle Bill Blizzard marched in 1921, said his ancestor "wasn't thinking about whether the streams along the base of the mountain ran clear or not.''
"He was thinking about the near-slavery conditions coal miners and their families were forced to endure. He was thinking about how to make their lives better,'' Roberts wrote in a recent newspaper opinion piece.
"Blair Mountain is as close to sacred ground as there is for the UMWA,'' he wrote. "Though we may not physically own the mountain's land, its legacy is ours.''
Chuck Keeney will be retracing the footsteps of his great-grandfather, Frank Keeney, who was president of the UMWA in West Virginia in 1921. A leader of the insurrection, he was later charged with but acquitted of treason.
Keeney grew up hearing the story of Blair Mountain at family reunions and visits with his grandparents. It was not, he says, taught in the sanitized state history course required of every eighth-grader in West Virginia.
"That's one of the reasons it's so endangered -- because so many people are unaware that an incredible event happened here,'' says Keeney, a history professor at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
Blair Mountain, he says, "symbolizes everything for the American labor movement.''
It was the climax of the post-World War I industrial struggles going on throughout the U.S. and Europe -- a universal struggle for respect, fair wages and safe working conditions.
"All the things labor was able to achieve they wouldn't have been able to achieve without the struggles of these men,'' Keeney argues. "If you like weekends, then you should have an appreciation for labor.''
This march, he says, is "a memory of what they went through, an appreciation of the sacrifices and a reminder so that we don't go through that again.''
Twelve years ago, Jimmy Weekley organized a similar march. It drew only a fraction of the 600 registered to march this week.
Weekley, 71, is the last resident of lush and peaceful Pigeon Roost Hollow, below the proposed 2,300-acre site of Arch Coal's Spruce No. 1 mountaintop removal mine.
The mine would have been the largest in West Virginia, burying 7 miles of streams under rubble, including the babbling branch that runs past Weekley's front porch. As a boy, he caught trout from the stream on a pole his mother made, using crocheting thread for line and a safety pin for a hook.
In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revoked a crucial water permit for the project, ruling it would irreparably damage the environment.
Mining, he says, has all but destroyed Blair, but he believes Blair Mountain has a future. It could become a national historical park that could bring economic development to Logan County.
He reckons the descendants of coal miners across the country would come to learn about their forefathers. There could be a sightseeing train with tour guides, he says. Riding trails. Hiking trails. Picnic grounds.
"The potential's here if they would just follow through with us.''