WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

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  1. pnoman

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    It was a beautiful afternoon here Sunday (Nov 23), so I headed out around Clarksburg to locate a few of the Historical Markers around town.

    Just south of Clarksburg on Rt 98 by the VA Hospital (see next post) lies an area of old Indian burial mounds. The Harrison County Historical Society meeting in the Fall of 1985 recorded the following:

    "In 1969 the staff of the history department of Salem College had the permission to enter Oak Mound south of Clarksburg to search for Indian artifacts. They removed many human bones. Late in August [1985], all bones removed in 1969 will be reinterred at Oak Mound. The name of the mound will be recorded in "West Virginia Historic Spots." To correct errors in the present highway marker near Oak Mound, a new highway marker will be erected."

    I want to research this some more, and will add photos of the actual mounds as soon as I can locate them (the offices are closed on Sunday to get directions). There are numerous small hills in the surrounding area - hard to tell the difference between natural and man-made.


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    New-style sign, erected in 1985. Original text was modified after excavations in 1969.



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    A view looking west on Rt 92 at the sign (across from the VA Hospital).

    Edit: 3 Jan 2009 - After speaking to the county historian, I found the "mound". Read on ......



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    About a mile away from the first sign is this Oak Mound sign, located on Rt 19 on the south edge of Clarksburg, by the Natl. Guard Armory. This was the original text found on the previous marker - before the excavation in 1969.



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    That's the Natl. Guard Armory in the background. See the church on top of the hill just to the left of the sign? That's where we're going next.


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    According to the county historian, when the original burial mound was excavated in the 1960s, the church had wanted that property for a parking lot :eek1 . Well, after they dug up the mound, they moved the pile of dirt over to a new location nearby and made a "replica" burial mound. I have to bite my tongue here because I made the rule back in Post #1 not to judge the actions of others. :cry
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  2. pnoman

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    The Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center lies on Rt 98 just south of Clarksburg. They recently added a nursing home addition to care for our older veterans. As a retired US Air Force MSgt, I felt I could say "Thanks" to our veterans by volunteering as pianist at the Hospital Chapel on Sunday mornings. It has been very rewarding. I would recommend that anyone wanting to volunteer do so at a VA Hospital - your time will be well spent!




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    The Historical Marker.



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    Entrance to the Louis A. Johnson VA Hospital.
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  3. sekalilagi

    sekalilagi Been here awhile

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    <o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="State"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="place"></o:smarttagtype><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> I flunked history; but that was half a lifetime and half a world away. Thanks to pnoman though, maybe redemption is possible. Below is a double-marker, in a way, as each side marks a different landmark.
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    Between 1899 and 1921 coal production in Mon County rose from 57 thousand tons to 4.4million tons, most of which coming from mines in Scott&#8217;s Run. Contrast that with coal production in 2007 of a little over 10 million tons. Enabling that explosive growth were immigrants from 28 nationalities imported from halfway around the world. <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">West Virginia</st1:place></st1:state> and its identity with coal is without dispute. For me, I had not associated the homogeneity I see with such diversity of cultures. I had always joked that Morgantown was the cosmopolitan highlight to WV, given the University and the students it brings in from around the country (and world). Little did I know that the melting pot has truly done its job. Still though, if you look long enough, there are signs of these roots. Check out the various 'Church Days' around Wheeling and one can quickly get a sense of the broad ethnic pallete that makes up WV. Both the &#8216;Shack&#8217; and &#8216;Scott&#8217;s Run Settlement House&#8217; were established to provide support to the community after the crash and the Great Depression that followed.

    Today, Scott&#8217;s Run exists only in
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    &#8216;the 1930s marks the beginning of a long slide into historical obscurity for this once teeming hollow&#8217;.<o:p></o:p> <o:p>Yet, o</o:p>ver seven decades later, both the Shack and the Settlement House continue to enrich their communities through diverse social services. Shakespeare wrote &#8216;[FONT=&quot]The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones&#8217; ; [/FONT]it is a good thing that Mary Behner, paid no heed to such proclamation of men. <o:p></o:p>
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    This marker is located along US19 just north of Osage.
    Links to map with marker location and a general map with other markers.<o:p></o:p>
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    Scotts Run Settlement House<o:p></o:p>
    The Shack

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  4. Just GO!

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    These two pictures were taken on the third day of this ride.

    Pendleton County..........Located at the borders of Pendleton and Pocahontas counties on SR 28.
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    Seneca Rocks.............
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    Birthplace of Rivers............Also at the borders of Pendleton and Pocahontas counties on SR28.
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    Little did I know that this 5 day ride would turn out to be so important to me. It came at a perfect time and I enjoyed that perfect time immensley.

    Pendleton County.......................is it no wonder the song is titled "Almost Heaven"?



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  5. Solace

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    Here's a couple from Sistersville, WV. There is a ferry between here and Fly, OH that is fun to ride. These are very close to the ferry entrance on the WV side:

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    Here is a link to the WV Marker Site:

    http://www.historyquest.com/state/wv/rad30727_west_virginia_historic_site.html

    And here's the story of the discovery of oil in the area: Sistersville grew from 300 to 15,000 people in a short span of time:

    http://www.marietta.edu/~crowthes/sishistory.html

    And one more link to the story of the discovery of oil in Sistersville:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=2ikajDGlGAsC&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=polecat+oil+well+sistersville&source=web&ots=sMu4uEkeYx&sig=khJQgAZF_IfmXkZW6XCKWAZssdk&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=2&ct=result#PPA8,M1

    Scroll down a few pages to see a lot of photos taken back then. Looking through the pictures in these links, it's hard to imagine the hordes of folks who flocked into these areas in the past seeking fast wealth. At present, it's a quiet little town on the Ohio River.

    For riding in the area, take route 18 south out of Sistersville to Josephs Mills, then 74 south down to Coxs Mills. 47 east to Troy, then 18 back north. Excellent riding!
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    This is one heck of an undertaking! Good luck guys! :thumb
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  10. Solace

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    You already posted Germany Valley but since I love riding through there I'll throw my pic in too:

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  11. sekalilagi

    sekalilagi Been here awhile

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    Outstanding reports! what inspiration

    For those of you also motivated to learn more... I just discovered that a good number of issues from the journal 'West Virginia History' is available to read on-line. here
    Don't be put off by the index listing, it is more thorough than the referring pages. Naturally this could all be 205, for which I do apologize.
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  12. Just GO!

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    Markers at Hawk's Nest....US60 at Hawk's Nest State Park
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    This one is located at the start of the foot trail that leads to the overlook...........
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    At the overlook...........
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  13. pnoman

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    I've passed by this marker a million times but never stopped to read it. It's about a mile from my house, and next to it is a large playground. I never noticed that back behind the playground is the cemetery. Lt Gen Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's father (Jonathan Jackson) is buried here. Also buried here are the sister and mother of Dolly Madison, wife of President James Madison. I tried to find some historical info to share on Jonathan Jackson, but came up dry. You historians out there are free to add a note or PM me and I'll add it this post. Thanks.

    Location: East Pike St about 1 mile east of downtown Clarksburg (Just east of the old Polish Catholic Church). Look for the playground.



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    View of the sign and cemetery from across the street. (The cemetery is back behind the playground about 200 feet from the road)



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    The cemetery from the back side looking out toward the road. In need of some TLC.



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    Obviously a newer headstone for Stonewall Jackson's father.
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  14. sekalilagi

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    The 201st Field Artillery Regiment is the oldest active National Guard Unit in the country. First activated in 1735, with soldiers serving in the American Revolution clear to deployment in Iraq. It is a little belated for Veteran's Day, but we owe much to our servicemen whose sacrifice allow us to enjoy our way of life. BTW the tank in the background is Walker Bulldog M41 that first saw service in Korea against the Soviet T34. I recall building the M41 model as a kid. Quite the treat to see it up close. More pics of this particular tank here. This marker is located at the intersection of Chestnut Ridge and Willowdale Rd in Morgantown.
    Links to map with marker location and a general map with other markers.

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  15. Jamie870

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  16. pnoman

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    Located in north-central WV at the junction of I-79 and Rt 50, Clarksburg was once a thriving coal and glass town. Peaking in 1950 with a population of 32,000, the population dropped to half that in 2000. Most of the population shift was 5 miles east to Bridgeport, which used to be a quiet suburb of Clarksburg. Now, Bridgeport is the busy town with malls, hotels, new housing developments, etc., while Clarksburg slowly fades into the shadows. The downtown was once filled with dime stores, restaurants, department stores, clothing stores, furniture stores, and 2 movie theatres (the Ritz and the Robinson-Grand) which have all closed. :cry

    Famous Clarksburgers include Cyrus Vance, who was the Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter, opera singer Phyllis Curtain, and Lt Gen Stonewall Jackson (see earlier post with his own Historical Marker) And, of course, ME! :lol3

    For more reading about Clarksburg, click here for Wikipedia.



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    Historical Marker - County Courthouse Square, 3rd and Main St.



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    A view of the courthouse square.
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    WVa's First Governor...located at Market and 3rd streets behind the stately Wood Co. Courthouse.
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    The flip side of the same marker......Parkersburg Governors......
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    Some buildings in the general area.................courthouse reflected in the glass of the Public Debt building............
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    Wood Co. Courthouse..........
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    The Historical Blennerhassette Hotel................
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    Nice day for riding...............


    Did you ride today, Jamie?
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    At the Memorial Bridge in Parkersburg.
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    Flip side looking back towards Ohio.......
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    The Memorial bridge crosses the Ohio River between Parkersburg, WV and Belpre, OH.
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