WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by pnoman, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Located on Rt 60 about 20 miles southeast of Charleston. It's where the New and Gauley Rivers join to form the Kanawha River. Population 738. Beautiful area!

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




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    Historical Marker located on Rt 60 on the east end of the town and bridge.



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    View of the confluence. New River is closest and to the left (flowing away from you) - Gauley River is flowing in from the right side (under bridge) - Kanawha River is in the distance on the left side flowing away from you.



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    View downstream at the beginning of the Kanawha River.
  2. pnoman

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    Not much written about this Civil War Union Army Camp. Located across the Kanawha River from Glen Ferris, about 20 miles east of Charleston.




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    Historical Marker hidden in the trees along Rt 60 in Glen Ferris.



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    View eastbound on Rt 60.


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    View westbound on Rt 60. See what I mean about "hidden in the trees"? I almost missed this one.



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    View across the Kanawha River to where the Camp would have been.
  3. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 60 near Boomer, about 15 miles east of Charleston.

    Again - not much online for additional information.



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    Historical Marker located on the south side of Rt 60 near Boomer.



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    View east on Rt 60.




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    View west on Rt 60.



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    View across the Kanawha River to ridge.
  4. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Do yinz ever work; have a real job, etc???

    Whoops.

    Silly me.

    Forgot this is about WV. Nobody works over there. :deal
  5. intothenew

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    Monroe Co / Greenbrier Co, rt 3 Alderson

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    From the South, home to the oldest organized golf club in the United States. The Oakhurst Links was developed in 1884 and remains open today. Small town country with class in this county.

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    From the North

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    Martha decides we need a little break.

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  6. intothenew

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    Martha does, can't you see how hard she's been workin'?
  7. intothenew

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    Greenbrier Co / Summers Co, rt 3 just West of Alderson shown as missing.

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    That will be the last we see of Summers County on this trip. But, if I don't make it back for markers, I will certainly make it back to hunt and fish. We have shared many family outings in that county.
  8. intothenew

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    Alderson, Rt 12 - Alderson

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    I just couldn't resist, and Lucille's big ol' butt.

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    Home of the largest Fourth of July celebration in West Virginia, it lasts a week. For you adventurous types, they have a rubber ducky race on the Greenbrier River.

    That ends the hunt for Saturday. We still have a full day Sunday, but first, I have to go to work.

    Martha, does this look like a good spot for your nest?

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  9. pnoman

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  10. pnoman

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    Located in front of the Post Office in downtown Montgomery. Population 1,942 and home to WVU Institute of Technology.

    For more on Montgomery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery,_West_Virginia




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    Historical Marker located in front of the Post Office downtown.



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    View of the Montgomery Post Office.



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    View of Montgomery from the "south side of the tracks". :eek1 Not to worry - it's a friendly town.
  11. intothenew

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    Monroe Co / Greenbrier Co, rt 219

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    From the West

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    From the East, we will spend the rest of this mission in Monroe.

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  12. pnoman

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    This marker is located on the ramp up to the northbound lane of the bridge crossing back over the Kanawha River to Rt 60.




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    Historical Marker located on ramp up from Rt 61 to northbound lane of bridge over to Rt 60.




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    View south at the marker and Memorial Park by onramp.


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    View north towards the bridge. Nice Memorial Park set up around Marker.



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    Nice Veterans' Memorial.
  13. intothenew

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    First Corn Club, rt 219 near rt 3 Pickaway

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    Head, Heart, Hands, Health, I remember it fondly. I'm sure it kept me out of a lot of trouble too.
  14. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 61 in Montgomery, just east of the WVU Institute of Technology.

    From the WV Archives and History website:

    Christopher Payne was the first African American to serve in the West Virginia Legislature. He was born in Monroe County on September 7, 1848, and was educated by his mother. As a boy, Payne worked as a farmhand near Hinton and as a servant in the Confederate Army. After attending night school in Charleston, he became one of the first black teachers in present-day Summers County. Payne was ordained as a Baptist minister and organized the Second Baptist Church in Hinton. He later graduated from the Richmond Theological Institute and State University in Louisville.
    Payne was a pioneer in the field of black journalism and established three newspapers -- the West Virginia Enterprise, The Pioneer, and the Mountain Eagle. As southern West Virginia's black population grew in the late 1800s, African Americans carried more weight in state politics. In 1896, Payne was elected to the West Virginia Legislature as a Republican delegate from Fayette County. He represented the state's Third Congressional District at the National Republican Convention on three occasions. Payne was rewarded for his service to the party with appointments to various positions within the U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue. He studied law and was admitted to the bar while working at the bureau.
    In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt named Payne as Consul General to the Danish West Indies (present-day Virgin Islands). After the United States acquired the islands in 1917, he served as prosecuting attorney and police judge in St. Thomas, the islands' capital. He died in St. Thomas on December 5, 1925.




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    Historical Marker loacted along Rt 61 on the eastern end of Montgomery.


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    View westbound on Rt 61. WVU Institute of Technology ahead and to the left.
  15. pnoman

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    Located in Montgomery along Rt 61.

    WVU Tech offers students the first-quality college education and experience that employers demand. The school has a long tradition of excellence in engineering and sciences. In 2007, WVU Tech was named as one of the nation’s top 100 Undergraduate Engineering Programs by US News and World Report.
    WVU Tech competes in the NAIA Division 1, and is a member of the Mid-South Conference. Currently, WVU Tech sponsors 12 intercollegiate varsity sports and four junior varsity sports.
    The campus also is home to numerous student organizations including 49 student clubs, Greek-life, student government, and our student newspaper. In addition, we also offer intramural sports for men and women.
    WVU Tech supports an Extreme Adventures Program featuring an indoor climbing gym, rock-climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and world-class whitewater.


    Quick Facts:
    • Enrollment: 1,452
    • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
    • Housing: 2 residence halls
    For more information: http://www.wvutech.edu/



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    Historical Marker located on campus along Rt 61.



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    View of campus and westbound on Rt 61. (Marker is up in elevated yard to the left)


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    Part of the campus.
  16. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 61 just west of the WVU Institute of Technology campus.



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    Historical Marker located along Rt 61 on the western end of Montgomery.




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    View westbound on Rt 61.



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    Same Marker - Side #1. Coming eastbound into Fayette Co on Rt 61.




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    View eastbound on Rt 61.
  17. intothenew

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    Gap Mills / William Humphreys, Rt 3, Gap Mills

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    Humphreys, odd for the time that a meteorologist would have a degree in physics. Some of his publications are still standard in modern education.

    The State of WV has a nice short read on Gap Mills here,
  18. intothenew

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    Andrew S. Rowan, Rt 3, Gap Mills

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    Within three hours of receiving his orders, he had jumped a boat to Cuba. He then walked 150 miles inland to find Garcia and coordinated landing sites for the US Army. A man on a mission.
  19. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 61 (south side of the Kanawha River) about 5 miles west of Montgomery. Pop - 551.

    For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratt,_West_Virginia

    The marker for Pratt is listed as MIA, but I decided to go exploring. Sure enough, there was no marker along Rt 61, so I turned off into the town of Pratt. After circling a few of the main streets, I stopped by the Fire Station, where a few people were gathered in front talking. When I asked about the marker, one guy said, "Sure, I'll show you where it's at. It's down by the water pumping station." Cool. So, I followed him about 3 blocks to the pumping station, but did not see the marker. "Follow me," he said. We walked around back and there it was...... in the sign cemetery. It didn't appear to be badly damaged, but was taken down for some reason and left here to rot.


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    Historical Marker - Side #1


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    Same Marker - Side #2



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    Final resting place - behind the water pumping station in Pratt. :cry
  20. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 60 in Cedar Grove, by the junction with CR 81/12. There are 3 markers within 50 meters of each other - this one, Historic Church, and Andrew & Charles Lewis March.



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    Historical Marker located just west of the Historical Church on the west end of Cedar Grove.



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    View east on Rt 60 entering Cedar Grove. The marker and cemetery are just ahead and to the right of my bike. The Historic Church (upcoming post) is just ahead to the right in that clump of trees.



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    Cemetery.