WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

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  1. pnoman

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    Julia Beckwith (née Neale) Jackson (1798-1831) was the mother of Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. She died at the age of 33 from childbirth complications on Dec 4, 1831. The family lived in and around what is now Ansted, WV, where she was buried without a marker in Westlake Cemetery. A historian wrote later that neighbors wrapped her wasted body in a homemade coffin.


    To read more about her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Neale_Jackson

    To read about Gen "Stonewall" Jackson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_Jackson





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    Historical Marker is located on Rt 60 in Ansted. Please note: in the Wikipedia article, the marker is shown at the bottom of the hill below the cemetery.



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    Historical Marker located in front of these nice gentlemen's barber shop on Rt 60 in Ansted. They pointed me to the cemetery and gravesite. Too bad I didn't need a haircut, or I would have stopped in.



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    Just up the street to the north of the sign is the cemetery. Mrs Jackson's grave is at the top of the hill to the left.




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    Gravesite.




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    Grave stone.
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    Located on Rt 60 on the western edge of Ansted.

    Contentment Complex
    Antebellum home of Civil War Col. George Imboden, Ansted's first mayor and now the headquarters for the Fayette County Historical Society. Listed on the National Register in 1974. Also on the grounds find the George Eades Pioneer Museum and the Grace and Ivan Steele one room schoolhouse.




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    Historical Marker located in front of museum on Rt 60.



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    View eastbound on Rt 60


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    Located in the parking lot of the Hawk's Nest Lodge on the south side of Rt 60, just west of Ansted.

    When you stand at an overlook in the New River Gorge, you notice the steep canyon walls and sandstone cliffs that characterize the area. The V-shaped canyon of the New River is an outstanding natural feature of West Virginia. It was caused by erosion that has occurred over a very long period of time, forming the cliffs and canyon walls. You can see the ongoing effects of erosion in the large rocks and slides that have tumbled from the cliffs and down into the river.
    The gorge cuts through the Appalachian Plateau, and exposes 3200 feet of very old rocks. Most of the rocks that you can see exposed in the gorge are sandstone and shale. In the lower gorge, the New River cuts through the hard Nuttall sandstone, a unique sandstone type that is 98% quartz. The area of the lower gorge around Batoff Mountain is one of the best exposures of sandstone in the area; these rocks are among the oldest found in the gorge.

    To read more and view photos:

    http://www.nps.gov/neri/naturescience/geologicformations.htm



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    Historical Marker located in the parking lot of Hawk's Nest State Park and Lodge.



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    View of the Park and Lodge entrance.
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    Just Go already posted these back in Post #32, but since I was there, I wanted to see it again. It's been about 3 years since I've been through here. Both markers are located at the Hawk's Nest Overlook turnout and path to the overlook.




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    Marker #1 in the parking lot/turnout by Rt 60, about 3 miles west of Ansted. GREAT riding just west of this area for about 5 miles.




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    View of Marker #1 looking westbound on Rt 60.




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    Marker #2 on the path to the overlook.




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    View of Marker #2 from the path.




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    Coming out to the overlook.



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    View down the river. Hawk's Nest Tunnel comes out on the right not too far from the dam.
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    State Capitol marker on Kanawha Blvd. - different view

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    Across the Kanawha River from the Capitol is the University of Charleston.

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    Marker for the Executive Mansion, located on Kanawha Blvd.

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    The Governors' Mansion, located next to the Capitol on Kanawha Blvd.

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    Photo of room inside the Mansion entering the front door.

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    As I was leaving the Mansion, I looked back and saw Gayle Manchin.
    Gayle is a very nice lady, I have had the pleasure of dinning with her on a couple of occasions.

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    State Capitol marker located on Greenbrier St. and Kanawha Blvd.

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    State Capitol marker located within the complex.
    (Greenbrier St.)

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    WV State Coin - Located inside Capitol, next to Governor's Reception Room.

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    Archives History/Library/Museum/Theater Building.
    Located within the Capitol Complex, next to the Capitol.

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    One can find many things in this building.
    There is a new exhibit in the museum...quite nice!
    Also a new souvenir shop.
    A find for us is this marker....new one!

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    DipStick - PM'd you. Thanks.

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    Located about a mile west of the Hawk's Nest Overlook. Was listed as MIA but is back in place with a new coat of paint.

    From Wikipedia:

    To generate electricity for a plant downstream at Alloy, Union Carbide decided to divert the New River to improve its power generation ability. Beginning in 1927, its contractor Rinehart & Denny began construction of the 3-mile (4.8 km) tunnel carrying the river under Gauley Mountain. A dam was constructed immediately below Hawk's Nest to divert most of the New River flow into the tunnel. It then re-enters the river near Gauley Bridge leaving a section known as "the Dries" in between.

    During the construction of the tunnel, workers found the mineral silica and were asked to mine it for use in electroprocessing steel. The workers were not given any masks or breathing equipment to use while mining, despite the fact that management wore such equipment during inspection visit. As a result of the exposure to silica dust, many workers developed silicosis, a debilitating lung disease. A large number of the workers eventually died from the silicosis, in some cases as quickly as within a year.

    There are no definitive statistics as to the death toll from the Hawks Nest disaster. According to a historical marker on site, there were 109 admitted deaths. A Congressional hearing placed the death toll at 476. Other sources range from 700 to over 1,000 deaths amongst the 3,000 workers. Many of the workers at the site were African-Americans from the southern United States who returned home or left the region after becoming sick, making it difficult to calculate an accurate total.




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    Historical Marker located on Rt 60 about a mile west of the Hawk's Nest overlook.



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    View eastbound on Rt 60 at the turnoff.




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    From about a mile downstream of the marker, looking back upstream to where the tunnel channels the water back into the river.