WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

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  1. pnoman

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    Travelers Repose is located on the east side of Bartow, just north of Green Bank. The roads in this area are great riding in any direction. You just can't go wrong.

    The original building was burned during the Civil War, and was rebuilt in 1866.


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    Historical Marker (Side #1) located in front of the Travelers Repose at the junction of Rt 250 and Rt 28 at Bartow, about 10 miles north of Green Bank.

    For an interesting article on the Travelers Repose: http://www.wvbeard.com/repose.htm




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    Same Marker - Side #2.

    For more information on the Battle at Camp Allegheny: http://americancivilwar.com/statepic/wv/wv008.html




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    Travelers Repose.





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    Looking west past the junction of Rt 250 and Rt28. Bartow is in the background.



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    A terrible photo of a good informational plaque in front of the building. The black specks are just a few of the million flies enjoying the warmth of the sun, and the sun was positioned just right so I could not get a photo without my shadow. :lol3



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  2. pnoman

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    I just did a quick inventory of markers and counted 227 posted! This may be a few off since there are duplicates (County borders are listed twice - once in each county) but I have tried to account for that.

    Thanks, everyone!
  3. pnoman

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    Both of these markers were posted by Madstrom (Post #153) but I'll post mine also since I was "in the neighborhood".


    Located on Rt 250 at the WV/VA border.



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    Westbound on Rt 250, entering WV. (Sign #1, Side #1)



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    Eastbound on Rt 250, entering VA (Sign #1, Side #2)




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    Three in a row! (Sort of, if you count the VA marker) The first marker on the right is the WV/VA Marker, the next is Camp Allegheny, and the 3rd is the VA Marker with VA on 1 side and WV on the other. (The 4th sign is just a regular sign - I think it was "Don't Litter") That's the VA/WV border at the top of the hill.



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    Looking westbound back into WV. The Camp Allegheny Marker is first on the left, then the WV/VA Marker. Welcome to Pocahontas Co.




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    Closeup of the Camp Allegheny Marker. For more information, click on the link in my previous post on Travelers Repose (Post #301).




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    The VA Marker entering VA eastbound. Formerly part of Pendleton Co.






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    View of the VA Marker eastbound entering WV.


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  4. pnoman

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    Another Duplicate: Just Go posted these earlier on Post #24.

    Since I was in the neighborhood and took a few additional photos, I thought I'd add these.


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    Located on Rt 28 entering Pendleton Co northbound.



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    View northbound on Rt 28 entering Pendleton Co.


    For more information on Pendleton Co. : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendleton_County,_West_Virginia



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    Same Marker - Side #2. Southbound on Rt 28 entering Pocahontas Co.



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    View southbound on Rt 28 entering Pocahontas Co.

    For more information on Pocahontas Co. : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas_County,_West_Virginia


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  5. pnoman

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    Again, Just Go posted these on #24 earlier, but I'll add these.


    Located on Rt 28 less than 50 meters north of the Pocahontas Co / Pendleton Co line. (You can see this marker in the previous post on the border marker)



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    Historical Marker - facing northbound on Rt 28.



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    View northbound on Rt 28 entering Pendleton Co. (Sign is on west side of road)


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  6. pnoman

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    OK - No more duplicates (at least for awhile)

    Cass - Home of the famous Cass Scenic Railroad. The roads into Cass are great riding from any direction, whether it's on Rt 66 (State Route, not the famous Rt 66) or CR 1 south from Durbin.

    Notes from Cass Website: Click here for Cass Website

    Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area, and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives.

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The town of Cass remains relatively unchanged. The restored company houses are rented as vacation cottages, add to the charm and atmosphere of the town. From the company store and museum to the train depot, you'll find an abundance of things to do prior to your departure on the historic Cass Railroad. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Cass Scenic Railroad is the same line built in 1901 to haul lumber to the mill in Cass. The locomotives are the same Shay locomotives used in Cass, and in the rainforests of British Columbia for more than a half-century. Many of the passenger cars are old logging flat-cars that have been refurbished.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Once you board the train, the real excitement begins! The great pistons of the carefully restored Shay locomotive will start pulsing, driven by hundreds of pounds of steam pressure. The shaft begins turning, the wheels find traction, and the locomotive begins to move. With thick, black smoke belching from its stack, the train pulls away from the station, passing the water tower from which the locomotive tanks are filled. As the train rounds the curve up Leatherbark Creek, you'll pass the Cass Shop, where the locomotives are serviced and repaired, and a graveyard of antiquated but fascinating equipment on sidetracks. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]As the pressure builds, the locomotive is driven at full steam, and the laborious journey up the mountain toward the two switchbacks begin. The loud huff of the stack, the clanking of gears and pistons, the furious scream of the whistle at the crossings, and the ever present clackety-clack of the rails will indeed make you feel as if you have been transported back in time. The train soon passes through the first switchback, reverses up a steep grade, and ascends to the second switchback where the process is repeated, and then finally into open fields and Whittaker Station. The switchback process allows the train to gain quick altitude, and in this instance, the train is traversing a grade of up to 11 percent, or 11 feet in altitude for each 100 feet of track. A 2 percent grade on conventional railroads is considered steep! [/FONT]




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    Historical Marker located on Rt 66 as it passes through Cass, about 1/4 mile west of the train station.



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    View up "Main St" (Rt 66) passing eastbound through Cass. Original (restored) housing from the lumber mill. For information about renting them: http://www.cassrailroad.com/cottages.html



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    File photos from last summer (2008) Getting ready for the next trip up the mountain.



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    (Summer 2008) Two fine machines (and an old guy in a yellow shirt)




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    Checking the steam pressure.


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    Thar' she goes. Clean burning coal :eek1 .


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  7. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 219/55, just 1/10 mile north of junction with Rt 66.

    I'm not the historian, so for more information on Gen. Robert E. Lee:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Lee

    [Edit 04 April 2010 - Marker has been refurbished - see below]



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    Historical Marker located on Rt 219/55 just north of junction with Rt 66 at Snowshoe. (Looks like this sign has led a rough life and could use some TLC)




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    Side #2 of the same marker.




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    This is the best shot I could get of the knoll, as the sun was low, directly over the top of the hill.




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    View northbound on Rt 219/55. Elkins: 43 miles ahead.

    Lots of nice riding in this area.


    [Edit - Update: I rode by here on 18 March 2010 and the marker has been refurbished. Here are a couple of photos. This is proof our efforts are paying off. Thanks!!!]


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    Big difference, eh! :clap
  8. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 219/55 just north of Snowshoe and the Pocahontas Co / Randolph Co line, but south of Mingo. It is about 5 miles north of the marker in the previous post. This one is not listed on the WV Markers list.

    See the previous post for a link to Gen. Robert E. Lee.




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    Historical Marker located on Rt 219/55 between Mingo and the Pocahontas Co / Randolph Co line.




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    View southbound on Rt 219/55. Next photo is to the left of where I'm standing in this photo.



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    OK, not a great view, but if you squint a little, you can see the area in the distance between the trees.


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  9. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 219 in southern Randolph Co, just above the Pocahontas Co / Randolph Co line.

    The Mingo Indians were Native Americans who settled in the Ohio Valley during the mid-17th Century. THey were related to the Delaware and Iroquoise Indians. One of the most famous Mingo leaders (but not a Chief) was "Chief Logan", who had good relations with white settlers until his family was brutally murdered. After exacting revenge, he lived peacefully with the white settlers once again. However, the Indian Removal Act, signed by Andrew Jackson, forced the Mingos and other Native Americans to move west, where they settled in Kansas.

    For more information on the Mingo Indians: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mingo

    For more information on the Indian Removal Act: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Removal_Act





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    Historical Marker located on Rt 219 in Mingo (far southern Randolph Co).





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    View northbound on Rt 219 at Mingo.


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  10. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 219/55 just south of the junction with Rt 15 (about 10 - 12 miles south of Huttonsville).

    Notes from the History of Harrison County records. Pg 63-67. (even though this is three counties away from Harrison Co.) :huh

    ATTACK ON THE CONNOLLY AND STEWART FAMILIES.

    A party of twenty Indians designing to commit some depredations during the fall, had nearly reached the upper end of Tygarts Valley when the snow which had inspired the inhabitants with confidence in their security commenced falling. Fearful of laying themselves open to detection if they ventured to proceed further at that time, and anxious to effect some mischief before they returned home, they remained concealed about ten miles from the settlements until the snow disappeared. On the 15th of December they came to the house of Darby Connoly, at the upper extremity of the valley and killed him, his wife and several of the children, and took three others prisoners. Proceeding to the next house they killed John Stewart, his wife and child and took Miss Hamilton, sister-in-law to Stewart, into captivity. They then immediately changed their direction and with great dispatch entered upon their journey home with the captives and plunder taken at these two places.



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    Historical Marker located on Rt 219/55 in Valley Head.



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    View northbound on Rt 219/55 passing through Valley Head.

    This is a great ride from Snowshoe all the way up to Huttonsville.


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  11. pnoman

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    Located about 15 miles east of Webster Springs on Rt 15. Nice riding, except late afternoon when you're facing directly into the sun westbound :deal . I was about blind by the time I got to Webster Springs.




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    Historical Marker (Side #1) located on Rt 15, about 15 miles east of Webster Springs. This is the view for westbound travelers.



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    View westbound on Rt 15 entering Webster County. Webster Springs is about 15 miles ahead.




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    Same Marker - Side #2. Eastbound on Rt 15, entering Randolph Co.



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    View eastbound on Rt 15 entering Randolph Co.
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    OK, I learned something new today - Webster Springs is not the "Official" name of this town. It's "Official" name is Addison, so named in 1892.

    Located about 25 miles (as the crow flies) southeast of the Geographical Center of the State. Population is about 800, and is home of the Webster County Woodchopping Festival. It was the location of the Webster Springs Hotel, a 265-room resort (that's larger than the Greenbrier Resort :eek1 ) that was built in 1897 and burned to the ground in 1925.



    For more information on the city: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_Springs,_West_Virginia




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    Historical Marker located on Rt 20 as it passes the courthouse.



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    View of the Marker and Courthouse.



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    View westbound on Rt 15 as it passes the courthouse and goes through town.



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    View of Webster Springs from across the Elk River. The courthouse is visible in the background just to the right of center.
  13. WVChrome

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    A nice break in the weather today so I decided to get a marker that I've driven/ridden past countless times and not noticed. I thought it was new till I saw the 1984 date on the marker itself.

    The Easton Roller Mill marker is located at the Junction of 119 and CR 119/17 (Easton Mill Road) which is at the foot of Easton Hill and across from Easton Elementary. BTW, it's in Easton.

    While the marker is just off the road, the mill is a SHORT distance along Easton Mill Road. The mill gives tours, but according to several sources it is only open the last weekend in September, although a sign at the mill said "Open 1st and 3rd." If you chose to visit the mill, take note of the stone wheel across the street in the neighbors yard. Wanna bet it was an original roller from 1894? (Sorry no pics of that, you'll have to visit it for yourself to see!) Please ignore the power lines that seem to ruin almost every shot.


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    The following courtesy of Historical Mills Blog. Quoted for posterity.

    Later,
    Chrome...
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    The Dunkard Sands Marker is located on CR 73, 1.5 miles south of junction with US 119, near Uffington.

    Sorry a few of these are at an angle. The ground was completely saturated and I didn't feel like sinking up to my eyeballs.

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    Fort Martin is located along CR 53 (Fort Martin Road), 4 miles past the junction with WV 100, just past the Fort Martin (green state placed) sign. There is a nearby Methodist Church, but I'm not sure its the one mentioned in the maker. I would have loved to stop and find out, but the rain was threatening a downpour and I left the rain gear at home.

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    Please take note! CR 53 may seem like a nice twisty road with reasonable pavement to play on, but be warned, heavy coal trucks frequently cross the yellow in the corners. Also, a street sweeper (no I'm not kidding) makes passes on this road spreading the gravel out. Definitely, take the speed down a notch and keep the eyes up.

    Later,
    Chrome...
  16. WFOhillbilly

    WFOhillbilly Been here awhile

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    Located in Pleasants County about 1 mile south of St.Marys or 2 miles north of Belmont along WV 2. Sign was put up in the last month or so.

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    This area is about 1.5miles from my home. There are large cliffs on the North bound side and the Ohio River borders the south bound side of RT.2 in this area. There really isnt a settlement there anymore, just a couple house's before entering the "narrows". Vaucluse is widley refered to as the narrows and is known for is land slides.
  17. pnoman

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    WFOhillbilly,

    Thanks - Nice post!

    I took my family down to the Mothman statue in March on our way back from Ohio. Nice area, and LOTS of markers. I was drooling all over the minivan wishing I was on my bike.

    (EDIT: What am I thinking? It was a long day at work, and my feeble brain is fried. I got Pleasants County and Point Pleasant mixed up. Senior moment!)

    pnoman
  18. WFOhillbilly

    WFOhillbilly Been here awhile

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    Located in Tyler County beside the Sistersville post office along Rt.2.

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    Sistersville is a city in Tyler County.

    The community was named for Sarah and Delilah Wells, daughters of settler Charles Wells, who fathered 22 children.
    The latitude of Sistersville is 39.564N. The longitude is -80.996W.
    It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 650 feet.

    The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,533.

    Sistersville was in its "prime" in the late 1890's and early 1900's, when oil and gas were discovered. This is evident by the numerous large upscale house's throughout the area. Many of these can be seen along RT.2 on the south end of town. Sistersville also hosts the annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival to celebrate its history.

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    Seen above is a pic of the historic Wells inn. Ephraim Wells, grandson of Sistersville founder Charles Wells, established the Hotel Wells in 1894 shortly after the discovery of oil in this area. Wells built this hotel to serve the oil barons, genteel travelers and residents of the area.

    The "Sistersville Daily Review" the leading newspaper of the area noted, "The banquet and ball which celebrated the hotel opening was one of the notable events of the century." Throughout the years, statesmen, business people, and professionals from all around the world have enjoyed the comforts and gracious elegance of the Hotel Wells, later known as the Wells Inn.

    One must do when in Sistersville, is ride the Ferry which will take you to Ohio Rt. 7. Many locale riders enjoy this.
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    WFOhillbilly Been here awhile

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    It seems as though a lot of the historic signs marking county lines such as the Pleasants / Tyler line and also the Wetzel / Tyler line are missing. Also I am working on the Ruins in Bens Run. They are slightly visible from the air but very hard to locate on the ground. Most of the earthworks has been removed by industry or farming.
  20. pnoman

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    From "A Handbook Of The Petroleum Industry":

    Gray, Boulder, Snee or Blue Monday sand.—Several names have been used interchangeably and rather loosely, to designate from one to three sands, occurring at the top of the Catskill red beds in southwestern Pennsylvania, usually 40 to 100 feet above the Gordon sand, and approximately 2100 feet below the Pittsburgh coal. It is seldom that any one of these sands exceeds 25 feet in thickness, although they are as thick as 60 feet in some places. They are generally white to gray in color, and sometimes soft and pebbly. In general, the name " Boulder sand " is used towards the north, and " Snee " and " Blue Monday " to the south, in northern Allegheny County. No certainty exists that the sands are ever absolutely identical, although they are similarly situated stratigraphically.



    (stratigraphically - now THERE'S a word you don't use everyday) I looked it up in Webster's Dictionary (how appropriate since we're in Webster Co) and it defines "stratigraphy" as the "arrangement of strata; geology that deals with the origin, composition, distribution, and succession of strata". OK, what's "strata"? Guess what - it's not in the dictionary. I've never seen Websters use a word that's not in the dictionary to define another word. Hmmmm. :huh


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    Historical Marker is located on Rt 20/15 northbound just as you cross the Elk River leaving downtown Webster Springs (oops, Addison).



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    This cliff is just across the road from the marker.



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    View of the marker as Rt 15/20 heads out of Webster Springs northbound. (Rt 15/20 is the main road to the left by the hitchhiker)