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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by pnoman, Mar 22, 2011.
Beautiful weekend - I thought this tag would be long gone.
I missed this one. Now just have to have time to ride again!
Braxton County Court House, And former Jail.
BuffWV and I picked this up on our way to Rella's.
Located at the center of the Sutton Downtown Historic District, the Braxton County Courthouse is an interesting combination of an older style done with a modern sensibility. According to county records the original design concept was authored by Felix J. Baxter, a local resident, and contractors Wood and Atchinson utilized plans and specifications drawn by C.C. Kimble. Completed in 1882, the two-story brick buildings most dominant feature is the central bell tower/cupola with shuttered arches and convex roof. The projecting three-bay entrance has a central pediment with an oxeye attic window and a cornice of simple modillions. The building makes reference to the earlier federal buildings of America by employing stylistic clues such as articulating the main entrance and side windows with bands of stone that form arches on the lower level. The relatively simple flat pilasters of the upper story convey the sense of columns but in a much more modern style than one might expect at this early date. The Braxton County Courthouse is an early example of the Colonial Revival style. This style would become more popular for both civic and private buildings with the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia in the early part of the 20th century. -- JWM
In 1876 America celebrated its centennial anniversary. Reminiscence about our colonial past helped revive an interest in the Georgian and Federal styles of architecture that were popular before and just after the American Revolution. In response, architects began to study and copy early examples of Georgian and Federal architecture. Initially, new buildings constructed in what became known as the Colonial Revival style displayed freely interpreted details and elements of earlier Georgian and Federal buildings. After about 1900 however, architects became more interested in historic accuracy and designed buildings that were more correct in their proportions and use of details. Braxton (c.1882), Pendleton (c.1924) and Wayne (c.1924) Counties in West Virginia built new courthouses in the Colonial Revival style of architecture. A fourth courthouse, located in Jefferson County, was remodeled in 1916 using colonial details. Although the courthouse in Braxton County was constructed early in the development of the style, all four buildings illustrate the historical accuracy that evolved later in the period. These courthouses serve to remind us of an era when Americans were moving into the rapidly growing and changing age of industry and machines and were looking to their roots with a sense of nostalgia.
Ran out of time, so new tag to come later.
Yeah, yeah, we know
Having a job really sucks right now
Here ya go Duck, a reason to go riding this weekend. An article in the Parkersburg News today
Yeah.... pick that one then Gabby and I will have a race (but he has to ride his RXC, no 990 cheating crap!)
Need hints to where there is another courthouse?
You didn't stuff the tag and set it up there on the wide screen next to the stuffed Possum didya? :huh
This will be a good thread if we keep it moving. Include some info on the trip there, where you might of grabbed a bite to eat or a cuppa, any attractions along the way. While it may be about the ride, take some pride in the report, and all it represents. A Daisey chain of courthouses, linked by roads, food and attractions. The best time to do this?
Lets play tag. Winter will be here soon enough.
Work Work Work Girls softball game
That's right! Just what you've all been waiting for
It's a new TAG!!!!!
And it does come with a story
But first the new tag
This is the money shot. More details to follow.
So the story goes...
I had just come back from a couple days riding and camping with pnoman, (I'm sure he's about to post up a ride report just anytime ), so I had my bike geared up for highway riding and I had just had time to put my new Mefo on the rear. And as you can see from the photo BuffWV had just converted his bike to the Super Ninja, complete with very high gearing. We haven't been able to get time to ride at the same time for a couple of weeks, so we took off this afternoon to get this tag going.
We decided on a place to go for the tag and in true ADV style decided we would try a new way to get there
It started off well enough, then I decided to see where my gps would decide to take us.
Now anyone that has a Garmin 76 knows that they are somewhat unpredictable when it comes to routing. This has caused me trouble a few times, but I still try it on occasion.
Even this started out pretty well. It turned off the road I had planned on traveling, but we decided to go with it anyway. We hit some nice gravel roads and Buff was
Then we got back to blacktop and were tooling along, when Gamin said turn off. this looked a little bit questionable, but why not.
After a few water crossings
We hit one that was a little deeper and I must have picked up a little bit of water because my bike skipped a few beats. I stopped to make sure everything was ok.
Buff decided to wash up a little bit while he was waiting...
He's kind of funny that way!
He seemed to be ok, so picked the bike up and moved on. Then I found him stopped again. What's wrong with this picture?
Now to some people this would be a problem, but Buff just said "Oh well, I still have a front brake!"
He decided he would stay in front after that to help avoid playing bumper cars.
There were a few muddy spots. Of course I don't have pictures of the worst ones because I was too busy trying to stay upright.
At this point I was thinking the Mefo did better than I expected in the mud. More on that later.
We finally got out of the mud and water crossings and found some more nice roads.
Then we got to the tag location.
Another post coming with more information.
This here is better than Pulp Fiction.
Ok, back to some tag information.
Here is the original courthouse. The main structure was built in 1895.
The courthouse with some of it's additions.
There was a sheriff's office and jail built around 1902 and an addition to connect the two in 1939.
There's this hugh block of coal out front
This was brought out in the 1930's. I'll leave it to the next tagger to decide about more information on this.
They also have a very nice veterans memorial out front.
Now while I was fooling around taking pictures and such, Buff decided he would try to improve his brake.
As you can see (at the end of my lousy arrow) his problems only got worse. Guess we'll be taking it easy going home
Next, a quick (almost) trip home.
On our nice leisurely ride home This time Buff decided to take a short cut.
Looks kind of familiar
Then we got to the "only gnarly section" on the trail.
I didn't make it up the hill the first time. In trying to get taken off again my camera fell out of my pocket and I stepped on it, so no pictures of this area!!
This and the next couple of nonexistent gnarly areas were steep, muddy and rocky. My Mefo let me down a little bit on these. That combined with being geared too high.
We finally turned around and went back and made it back.
Someone will have to ask Buff about this last picture.
Have a good ride!
When I say give it a little gas I dont mean pin the throttle....
And who took it slow coming back we didnt, brakes just slow ya down who needs them
Got back and found out the last few miles was on an almost flat rear tire. New tuff tube the inside of the
tube split like it had dry rotted. Less than 100 miles...
You guys are NUTS!
All this just to get to the next county over?? Well done.
Where in webster county was this road? do you have gps coordinates? Thanks
Some of this was still in Braxton.
N38 34.331 W80 37.850 was the first one.
N38 27.554 W80 30.725, although I'm not going to guarantee these are correct. this is what Garmin Basecamp says!