WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

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  1. pnoman

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    Yes, I think I got all of them. Problem is, I like to take high-resolution photos, so I have to take a few minutes and Photoshop them down to a manageable size (100kb) for web use. Then rename them. Then upload them to my web host. Then do some research so I don't look like TOOOO much of a dummy (which is way too easy for me). Call me anal. I'm OK with that. :lol3

    I got the 2 at the cemetery, 2 at the park with the odd 3-section-hyphenated name, the one where I had to park in the "Sheriff Parking Only" spot :eek1 next to the jail, and maybe another that I forgot about. I'll try to get those posted tonight before I get Bruced AGAIN! (Thanks Chrome!)

    Pt Pleasant is a cool town. I wish I had time to check out all the Mothman stores and do some research at the Battle of Pt Pleasant park.

    Thanks!
  2. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    Cool deal man, Tu Enda Wei(sp) is actually a state park too. Smallest one in the state I believe. You can go to the old TNT plant north of town and there are still igloos, its a WMA now. I guess thats what I get for being a slacker missing all of my local markers. I ride by all the ones chrome posted on Rt 62 every day. Lots of history in Mason and Putnam Counties.

    On route 2 near Gallipolis Ferry you can see the burial mound in the field where the missing marker is suppose to be. Its in Ben Lemond actually.
  3. freaking RT

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    damnit, I'm starting this map all wrong :lol3.

    I need to reset it. so I've kicked it to private mode. Please DO NOT add anything to it. But at least I have Mingo County and part of McDowell, so I can track some markers down while at the BYOB :D
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  5. pnoman

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    Looks great. Thanks for taking this on. I'm working on an Excel Spreadsheet (manual input of all 700+ markers is slow going :deal )
    I think it will be an easier to use format than the one I am using now with the yellow highlighters.

    Well, back to work on Mason County. I hope to have Pt Pleasant markers up soon (right after supper).
  6. pnoman

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    These are two separate markers, but are located in the same cemetery in Point Pleasant. So, I'll post them together.

    Dr. Jesse Bennett is best known for being the first Doctor to perform a C-Section delivery. For more on his life:

    http://pages.swcp.com/~dhickman/journals/V5I2/doctor.html




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    Marker #1 - Located on the north side of the Cemetery on Rt 62 in Point Pleasant.




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    Marker #2 located about 50 meters south of the first marker.

    Battle of Craney Island: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Craney_Island



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    View northbound on Rt 62 passing by the cemetery. Both markers are visible (Dr Jesse Bennett marker is just past my bike).
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    George Rogers Clark (November 19, 1752 – February 13, 1818) was a soldier from Virginia and the highest ranking American military officer on the northwestern frontier during the American Revolutionary War. He served as leader of the Kentucky Militia throughout much of the war, Clark is best-known for his celebrated capture of Kaskaskia (1778) and Vincennes (1779), which greatly weakened British influence in the Northwest Territory. Because the British ceded the entire Northwest Territory to the United States in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, Clark has often been hailed as the "Conqueror of the Old Northwest."

    Clark's military achievements all came before his 30th birthday. Afterwards he led militia in the opening engagements of the Northwest Indian War, but was accused of being drunken on duty. Despite his demand for a formal investigation into the accusations, he was disgraced and forced to resign causing him to leave Kentucky to live on the Indiana frontier. Never fully reimbursed by Virginia for his wartime expenditures, he spent the final decades of his life evading creditors, living in increasing poverty and obscurity. He was also involved in two failed conspiracies to open the Spanish controlled Mississippi River to American traffic. After suffering a stroke and losing his leg, he was aided in his final years by family members, including his younger brother William, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Clark died of a third stroke on February 13, 1818.

    For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Rogers_Clark




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    Historical Marker located on the east side of the Courthouse in Point Pleasant.




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    View south on Rt 62 past the Courthouse.
    Note: That's the Sheriff's Office in the background (by the police car :huh ). See the small signpost between the marker and where my bike is parked? Well....... the sign on THAT pole says "Sheriff". Needless to say, this was one of quicker photo stops. :lol3




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    View northbound on Rt 62. The cemetery in the previous post is straight ahead about 1/2 mile on the right.
  8. pnoman

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    Again, two separate markers, but side by side and somewhat related.

    Besides what is written on her Historical Marker, Livia Poffenbarger wrote a book, "The Battle of Point Pleasant". It is available online - click here.

    For more on the Battle of Point Pleasant, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, click here.

    Not to be confused with Napolean's invasion of Russia in the same year, this War of 1812 was the second war between America and Britain. The basis was Britain trying to restrict our trade with France, whom the British were at war with. For more information, click here.




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    Marker #1, Side #1. Located on South Main St in Point Pleasant, in the Point Pleasant Battle Monument Park, Tu-Endi-Wei.



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    Same marker #1, Side #2.



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    Marker #2. She gets her own marker. :D BTW, DAR is "Daughters of the American Revolution".




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    View of the two markers looking south over the point where the Kanawha River (coming from the left) empties into the Ohio River (flowing southbound away from you on the right).


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    Monument at Tu-Endi-Wei Point Pleasant Battle State Park. Markers are on each side of the walkway entrance.

    For more information: http://www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com/



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    Better view of the monument.




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    Closeup of plaque on monument.
  9. pnoman

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    I stopped in Ripley on my way home from the Mothman tag Tuesday to add a couple more markers.

    Ripley is a city in and the county seat of Jackson County, WV. Ripley was chartered as the county seat in 1832, and is said to have been named for Harry Ripley, a traveling Methodist preacher who drowned in Mill Creek in 1830. The last public hanging in West Virginia took place in Ripley in 1897, when John Morgan was hanged for murder; the spectacle prompted the WV Legislature to ban public executions soon after.

    To read more about Ripley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripley,_West_Virginia




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    Historical Marker located on Rt 21 south of Rt 33 one or two blocks.



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    View northbound on Rt 21. Just ahead at the lights is Rt 33.



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    Rt 33 as it passes through Ripley. A nice, small-town atmosphere.
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  11. pnoman

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    Brooke County is complete.

    if y'all notice locations that are out of place, please PM me the correct location. or send me your e-mail address and you can log in and change it :D
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    :bluduh Fayette has 35 markers. I think I'll work on that later :lol2

    It's happy hour now :freaky
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    What, you get locked in a room with a case of Red Bull? :lol3

    You do nice work.
  16. pnoman

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    Located south of Ripley near Cedar Lakes. About 1 mile south of Rt 33, watch for the diagonal turnoff to the left from Rt 21 onto Cedar Lakes Road (CR25). Follow the narrow, curvy road about 3 miles until you see the signs on the left for Cedar Lakes. Turn into the parking area of a nice outdoor park. You'll see the bridge. If not, I don't know how you made it this far :lol3 .


    From Wikipedia:

    Staats Mill Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge in Jackson County, WV. Built in 1887, the Statts Mill Covered Bridge originally crossed the Tug Fork of Big Mill Creek and was named for Enoch Staat's water-powered mill. The Staats family were early settlers to the area, arriving around 1780. The bridge was built adjacent to Enoch Staat's mill and store and played an important role in the history and development of Jackson County. Construction of the bridge was handled by the Jackson County Court, which paid a total of $1,788.35 to local craftspeople for completion of the structure.

    Nearly 100 feet long, the Staats Mill Covered Bridge was constructed using the Long system, patented by Stephen Long in 1830. The distinctive feature of Long trusses are the “X”-braced diagonals in each of the panels. This bridge has 11 such panels, each eight feet seven inches long and 14 feet, three inches deep. The bridge is an impressive and historically significant example of a late nineteenth century timber-covered bridge building.

    In 1983, the old bridge was moved to the FFA-FHA State Camp at Cedar Lakes, three miles from the original site and reconstructed across a pond at a cost of $104,000. It is in excellent condition and open to pedestrian traffic only.



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    Historical Marker is located next to the bridge by the parking lot. Again, it's hard to miss.



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    See, :deal , told you you couldn't miss it.



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    Hard to get a photo without someone in it. This is the best I could do on my limited schedule.



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    View inside the bridge. Looks pretty sturdy to me.
  17. pnoman

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    There are 2 Cow Run Sands. Both are layers of oil and gas rich material. Notes below from "Oil and Gas Horizons of West Virginia".

    I Cow Run (Little Dunkard) Sand.—At about 425 feet below the Pittsburgh coal there belongs an oil and gas producing stratum that has been designated by the drillers as the First Cow Run sand in Washington county, Ohio, and later, the Little Dunkard, in southeastern Greene county. This horizon correlates with the Buffalo sandstone of the Conemaugh series and not the Saltsburg as has been worked out in detail by the writer on pages 281-285 of the Wirt- Roane-Callioun Rept. of the State Survey.
    This sand is at present producing gas from three wells in the town of Westover, Monongalia county, which were drilled for water but proved to be gaseous. Each has sufficient pressure to provide domestic fuel for a household. There are two pays in the sand, the upper one being found about 100 feet underground and the lower one about 140 feet.


    II Cow Run Sand.—This sand, belonging at the top of the Pottsville series, 825 to 850 feet below the Pittsburgh coal, and correlating with the Homewood sandstone, has produced a large amount of oil both in Ohio and West Virginia. Its true correlation has been worked out in detail by the writer in its type locality at Cow Run, Washington county, Ohio, and published on pages 287-290 and 281-285 of the Wirt- Roane-Calhoun Report of the State Survey. It is frequently mistaken for the Salt sand, 25 to 50 feet lower in the measures, and many of the oil and gas shows reported by drillers in the latter horizon probably belong in the II Cow Run.


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    Historical Marker is located on Rt 7 just a couple of miles west of Kingwood. Nothing related to the Cow Run Sand to photograph nearby.



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    Same Marker - Side #2. Could use some TLC.



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    The marker is situated in a most UN-scenic location, right next to the garbage dumpster :cry .



    [EDIT: This marker has been repainted and moved across the highway to a more "presentable" location. :clap Here are a few photos taken on 13 August 2011:



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    New photo - 13 Aug 2011



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    New photo - 13 Aug 2011. The marker (now on the left side of the photo) was previously located across the highway by the 2 garbage dumpsters.



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    New photo - 13 Aug 2011. View on Rt 7 eastbound looking towards Kingwood.

    Big improvement!! :D
  18. pnoman

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    County seat of Preston County. Population 2,944.

    Wikipedia: The Preston County Buckwheat Festival is one of the largest festivals in West Virginia, and is held on the last weekend of September in Kingwood. It is famous for the Buckwheat cakes that are served all over the county of Preston during the festival. Buckwheat cakes are a sourdough cake that resembles a pancake yet has a very distinct taste that is all its own. The festival features arts and crafts, Carnival rides and livestock exhibitions. It is the largest celebration of Buckwheat pancakes in the known world.




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    Historical Marker located in front of the Courthouse - Rt 7, about 2 miles west of Rt 26.



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    View westbound on Rt 7 (Main St) and part of Kingwood.


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    Kingwood is located in Preston County in northeastern WV.




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    Historical Marker located 100 meters from the Kingwood marker, on the corner of the Court House Square. The tavern no longer exists, according to several locals I asked.



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    View eastbound, with the Kingwood Marker at my back. Price's Tavern marker is on the corner. Memorial cannon and monument to the right.




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    Close up of memorial cannon and monument.
  19. WVChrome

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    Whew. I just got back from my first "Run for the Wall" event. Got some markers on back roads heading south from Morgantown, then got a few again in Lewisburg and Rainelle. Wish so badly I had taken my book of marker locations so I could have gotten more.

    979 miles in just a few days on a tiny SV650 has me beat. I'll post up my markers tomorrow if I can.

    Later,
    Chrome...
  20. pnoman

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    Welcome back, Chrome. Glad you had a safe ride.