WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

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  1. Just GO!

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    I have most of the markers in Wood County documented now. I posted some of them back in posts #38 and #39 in this thread and will post the others forthcoming.

    There has only been one that the records do not list as missing that I have not been able to find. It is titled "Parkersburg" and is supposed to be located at the Federal Building at the intersection of routes 14 and 68 in Parkersburg.

    I rode around that building looking for it till I was dizzy but never did locate it. :bluduh I did not inquire about it inside the building but that is an option.

    Here is the first of the others that I have. And I appologize if I duplicate any that have already been posted but I didn't find any of them on pnomans list..............................
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    Sorry for the poor picture...the marker reads...

    "Established in January 1862 thru the leadership of Robert Simmons. First free school south of Mason-Dixon Line. Later named for abolitionist senator Charles Sumner. First high school class graduated, 1887. Closed in 1955 as state began integration of public schools. Gymnasium erected 1926. Renovated in 1990s as African-American museum and center."

    Here is the reverse side......
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    This marker is located at the intersection of 11th and Avery streets in Parkersburg.
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    thanks

    if you change locations of the yellow marked spots, please change the color to green. thanks :D
  3. Just GO!

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    Old Turnpikes and Old Tollgate house markers....
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    The stone marker....
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    These markers are located at the intersection of US 50 and WV 47 in Parkersburg.

    The Old Turnpikes marker is listed as missing.......I must have found it. :lol3
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    In 1865 the dentist Dr. Mahlon Loomis of Virginia may have been the first person to communicate wirelessly through the atmosphere. Between 1866 and 1873 he transmitted telegraphic messages a distance of 18 miles between the tops of Cohocton Mountain and Beorse Deer Mountain, Virginia. Perhaps taking inspiration from Benjamin Franklin, at one location he flew a metal framed kite on a metal wire. He attached a telegraph key to the kite wire and sent signals from it. At another location a similar kite picked up these signals and noted them with a galvanometer. No attempt was made to generate high frequency, rapidly oscillating waves, rather, signals were simply electrical discharges, with current turned off and on to represent the dots and dashes of Morse code. He was granted U.S. patent number 129,971 on July 30, 1872 for an "Improvement in Telegraphing," but for financial reasons did not proceed further with his system.

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    (Virginia State Marker near site of early experiments)


    The text of this sign reads: "T-11: Forerunner of Wireless Telegraphy. From nearby Bear's Den Mountain to the Catoctin Ridge, a distance of fourteen miles, Dr. Mahlon Loomis, Dentist, sent the first aerial wireless signals, 1866-73, using kites flown by copper wires. Loomis received a patent in 1872 and his company was chartered by Congress in 1873. But lack of capital frustrated his experiments. He died in 1886. Virginia Conservation Commission 1848."

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    EDIT: THIS MARKER WAS REPLACED IN 2013. PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE ON PAGE 92, POST #1379.



    Dr. Loomis is buried in Terra Alta, WV. The cemetery is located on the west side of town on Rt 7. If you enter by the easternmost gate (closest to town), his gravestone is about 50 meters up the hill to the left at a 45-degree angle.


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    Historical Marker located on Rt 7 about 1/2 mile west of Terra Alta.


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    View of cemetery from across the highway. If memory serves me right, his gravestone is by the tall skinny trees to the left of the marker.



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    Simple gravestone.

    EDIT: THIS MARKER WAS REPLACED IN 2013. PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE ON PAGE 92, POST #1379.



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    Population 1,456. Elevation 2,582. If you take the latin roots of the town's name, Terra is Earth, Alta is essentially High Altitude... so Terra Alta means "High Earth."

    Sunshine Daydream, a music park owned and operated by Sunshine Daydream, LLC, is a live music venue. The 45.5-acre (184,000 m<sup>2</sup>) campus serves as a home for the live-in operators as well as a stage and campground for music fans.<sup></sup>Sunshine Daydream music park mainly focuses their attention towards the Grateful Dead and other classic rock bands of the 60's and 70's along with many new acts who perform much of the same genre of music. Many people refer to Sunshine Daydream as a place for "hippies". :1drink :kumbaya :bmwrider

    Rt 7 is a great ride in and out of Terra Alta. Scenery and curves.


    EDIT: This marker was refurbished in 2013 and moved appx 1/4 mile east. See Post #1383 on Page 93.



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    Located just 3 miles from the Maryland border on Rt 7.



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    Historical Marker located on Rt 7 in downtown Terra Alta.


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    View of Terra Alta from a couple of miles west on Rt 7 (looking east at this point)





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    Rt 7 passing through Terra Alta.




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    More of scenic downtown Terra Alta.



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    Heading home westbound out of town on Rt 7.
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    The Belleville marker located on SR68 at Belleville...
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    Colorful home just across SR68 from the marker...
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    Marker located on WV 68 at junction with WV 95....3 miles SW of Parkersburg....
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    That new marker just went up about 2 months ago maybe. My house is only a couple hundred yards from it in Swan Pond. This is also my first post. Hope I can contribute a few markers, too!

    Wayne
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    Welcome!! :D
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    Thanks!

    Been trying to read through this thread and see which ones haven't been found. yet. Know where at least one is and will try to get over that way as soon as the weather allows. (don't have full rain gear yet)
  11. pnoman

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    If you go back to Post #1, there is a link there to the "Tagged" Markers, which is current up to about 3 weeks ago. You can search by county - the posted ones are highlighted yellow. I'm working on an Excel spreadsheet format that should be lots easier to use and update. I'm up to Ohio County, and should have it online in about a week.
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    ...so this may be a repeat, but shot this in Matewan WV Saturday:

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    OK , hanging around the house waiting on the HVAC guy. I think, I'll knock out Fayette County :lol2
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    You've got time - there's only 26 left! :lol3

    Greenbrier Co has 36! Kanawha Co - 43! :eek1 The proverbial fat lady ain't singin' yet, but we're about 1/2 way there. Last count, I added up about 350 :clap , and I still have about 15 - 20 to post.

    Thanks again, everyone. Hope you're enjoying this as much as I am.
  15. freaking RT

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    :lol2 Fayette is done.

    off to Gilmer :D
  16. freaking RT

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    Grant is done. and so am I for the day :D

    very surprising that Grant county has not been worked, there's some great riding up there :nod
  18. pnoman

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    I've got it all mapped out, but just need a whole day off. We have a farm just south of Petersburg that was my grandparents.

    Yes, lots of great riding out that way.

    Thanks again for your help on the map.
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    Neal's Station and Col. Hugh Phelps markers.....
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    Plaque on the center stone reads....
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    These two are placed at the corner of East St. and Camden Ave. in Parkersburg.
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    Hopemont Hospital is a 98 bed licensed Medicaid certified long-term care facility in Terra Alta, WV. The original building was developed to care for the state's citizens with tuberculosis. It has operated as a Medicaid certified long-term nursing facility since 1987.

    Located on Rt 7, just east of Terra Alta, about 2 miles from the Maryland border.


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    Historical Marker located on Rt 7 about 2 miles west of the MD border.




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    View of the hospital from the highway.