Kanawha County commissioners wanted to make sure they said "thank you" to a local businessman and his family for their work building the new driving range and golf learning center at Coonskin Park.
The token of appreciation was big - six tons to be exact.
The large monument was unveiled Tuesday evening in honor of the late Frances P. Jordon, mother of Pritchard Mining owner and operator Andrew Jordon.
The monument, which is a chunk of limestone painted with a high gloss black enamel to make it look like coal, came from one of Andrew's mines in the Paint Creek area, said Sarah Menefee, Kanawha County parks and recreation comptroller.
Andrew worked tirelessly to make the center a reality, Commission President Kent Carper said.
"Everyone was incredibly touched by the generosity of the Jordon family," Carper said. "So we believed we needed to do something big to thank them."
On the stone is a plaque depicting a golf ball on a tee. Inside the golf ball is a picture of Frances, whom the learning center is named for. She died of natural causes July 24 at the age of 82.
Andrew Jordon is a native of Charleston who graduated from George Washington High School. He has done a number of things for the community, usually anonymously or in the name of the Friends of Coal.
His mother's love of children moved him to donate his time to create the center, he said Wednesday. Programs will be held there to teach children how to play golf, as well as life values such as confidence, perseverance and good judgment.
"My mom took in generations of kids before me and after I grew up," Andrew said. "She was very kind."
He said he was surprised and honored to have the facility named for his mother. He recently stopped in at the center to check on progress and was surprised to see the monument.
One of Andrew's staff members handled the project; he had no idea about the monument until he saw it.