WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

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  1. pnoman

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    Located about 10 miles south of Clarksburg on Rt 20 in Romines Mills, about 1 mile south of the junction with Rt 57. This marker was missing for quite some time, and was recently replaced.

    From West Virginia: A History by Otis K. Rice and Stephen W. Brown

    Click Here For Website - See Pg 257

    About the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Romantic approaches to literature faded and a new era of Realism arrived. Foremost among the new novelists was Melville Davisson Post (1869-1930), a native of Romine's Mills. Post received a law degree from West Virginia University and practiced criminal law in Wheeling for about 8 years. In 1901 he turned to corporate law and formed a partnership with John T. McGraw, a powerful leader in the Democratic Party. By then, Post had given up his own fleeting political ambitions and embarked on literary pursuits.

    Post achieved success with The Strange Schemes of Randolph Mason (1896) and its successor, The Man of Last Resort (1897). Inverting the plots of detective story writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and A. Conan Doyle, he created in Randolph Mason a clever and unprincipled lawyer who used extraordinary intelligence and legal skill to find imperfections in laws to protect wrongdoers. Critics applauded Post's literary skills, but some feared his exposure of legal flaws would encourage villans to seek them out as ways of escaping justice. Post contended that the stories emphasized the need for greater care in framing laws, but in The Corrector of Destinies (1908) a reformed Randolph Mason turned his great talents to legal methods of correcting injustices.

    Although Post enjoyed Cosmopolitan and Eastern European society, he found inspiration for many of his works in the hills of West Virginia. Dwellers in the Hills (1901) was reputedly based on experiences in the Harrison County cattle country. Its strength lay in the authenticity of its characters and their society and in its well-constructed plot. A minor classic in American literature, it never achieved widespread popularity in the United States, but it won Post an appreciative audience in Great Britain.

    Perhaps influenced by the untimely death of his wife, Post turned to a religious theme in The Mountain School-Teacher (1922). He based the story on the life of Jesus, but with reverence and skill, he gave it a modern setting with Jesus assuming the form of a mountain school teacher. Often described as an allegory, the work gave Post new stature as a novelist and won him a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Deeply distressed by the materialistic and immoral society of the 1920s, Post is said to have been considering at the time of his death another allegorical novel with Satan as the central figure.



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    Historical Marker located on Rt 20 at Romine's Mills, about 1 mile south of junction with Rt 57.




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    View northbound on Rt 20. That's the Romine's Mills city limit sign just ahead on the right.




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    View across the highway at the Romine's Mills area.
  2. Grape_Ape

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    After studying the picture I've come to the conclusion that the correction on the marker wasn't due to a typo. I figure they changed the word "is" to "was" since the academy is now closed.
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  3. Rider_WV

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    HAHAHAHAHAA, My wife and I grabbed the Walter Cool marker Saturday!! Guess I wont post the pics now :lol3 Whats that saying about "great Minds"????:clap
  4. Grape_Ape

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    Wlater Reuther

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    Located on Route 88 in Bethlehem.

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    There is a statue of Reuther located on the riverfront in downtown Wheeling.

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  5. pnoman

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    Bet those people in the nearby houses are wondering what in the world is going on with all these motorcyclists stopping to take photos of that marker the past week. :lol3 Kind of like the guy washing his truck by the Peter Tarr Furnace up in Weirton a few weeks ago on the WV Tag-O-Rama.
  6. Grape_Ape

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    Ohio County/Marshall County

    I stumbled upon this marker while looking for others on Saturday.

    I don't see a description that fits it on the master list.

    It is located where Jacob Street in Wheeling turns into Marshall Street in Benwood. It is in the corner of the parking lot of the Fastenal store.

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    Could this be the marker that is supposed to be on Route 88?
  7. pnoman

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    I'll put this on the list of questions for Joe Geiger. Nice grab.
  8. Grape_Ape

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    Ohio County / State of Ohio

    Located on National Road (Route 40) near the old closed bridge that takes you from Wheeling Island into the state of Ohio.

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    Here are some shots of the old bridge.

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    As you can see in the pictures, the old bridge was reinforced at some point in time. The new bridge was eventually built along side the old bridge (to the left in the pictures).

    Seems this grand old bridge's days might be numbered.

    http://www.historicbridges.org/ohio/us40/index.htm

    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/08/31/abridge.html
  9. pnoman

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    Below are some more examples of how our project is bringing about improvements on many of the markers that were in dire need of TLC.


    (I showed the first one before, but it's worth showing again)

    Lee's Headquarters (Pocahontas County)

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    Harrison County / Taylor County Line - Rt 76

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    Pleasants County / Ritchie County Line - Rt 16

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    Center Branch Church - Harrison County

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    :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap

    Thanks again, everyone. We've almost got them all. :eek1
  10. Guy Young

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    Mike, you may have mentioned it earlier, but should I assume they'll be replacing the ones that are listed as missing? There must be a record of a particular marker's (frnt/back) text so they could be replicated.
  11. pnoman

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    Guy,

    I think they are going to eventually replace most of them, except ones that have been removed - for instance, they can't have a marker on a 4-lane, like on the new sections of Rt 50 (Clarksburg to Parkersburg) and Rt 19 (Sutton to Summersville), so those county line markers on the old 2-lanes that were "covered up by the new road" are probably history.

    Some of the "missing" ones are actually being replaced with more politically correct ("Native Americans" instead of "Savages", and "African American" instead of "Black") verbage.

    Oh, and I almost forgot, there's the $$$ factor. The cost of a new marker is about $2,000 plus the installation cost (for DOH to have 6 supervisors standing around watching 2 people work. :lol3 )
  12. pnoman

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    Spreadsheet updated to :

    Post #1208 - 15 May 2010


    Total Markers Documented: Appx 790

    Total Markers Remaining: Appx 20 (not counting "Missing" markers that may have recently been replaced)

    Please let me know if you see any mistakes/omissions. Thanks!
  13. pnoman

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    Here are a few notes about a few of the ~20 remaining markers:

    1) Grant Co / Hardy Co Line (Rt 220) vatrader01 photographed the pole back in March. It appears to have broken off. I don't know about replacement?

    2) St Matthew Lutheran Church - Hardy Co - vatrader01 told me he looked for this one with no luck.

    3) Fort Ogden (2x markers) - Grant Co - Rt 50 east of Gormania - I have looked for these several times, including a slow trek up and down the mountain. I was told by a local that it may have been knocked over the hill when a truck went through the guardrail last year. I stopped at 2 places where there appeared to be "newer" guardrail (like the scene of an accident), and looked over the hillside and saw nothing.

    4) Revolutionary War Soldier's Grave - Jennies Creek Bridge, Wayne County - I did not see this last summer when I came up Rt 52, but it may have been replaced by then. Directions: Rt 52 at mouth of Jennie Creek, about 1 mile south of Crum (about 3 miles north of Wayne Co / Mingo Co line on Rt 52).

    5) Indian Battle - Upshur County (should also be near the Missing Upshur/Lewis Co line marker). I spent a couple of hours looking for this one. I rode Old Rt 33 all the way from the Lewis/Upshur County line all the way into Buckhannon. Twice!

    6) Lakin State Hospital - Rider WV looked for this one and could not find it anywhere near the hospital (See post #1118)

    Just thought I'd share these with you before you go crazy trying to find them. I'll do some more research and update ASAP.
  14. pnoman

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    WV Tag-O-Rama / Historical Markers Get Together has been postponed due to rain. We are tentatively planning to move it to either:

    Friday June 4 - Sunday June 6 OR

    Friday June 11- Sunday June 13.

    Still planning to meet at Seneca Rocks.

    Please chime in on the Get-Together thread -
    Click Here
    - to let us know which date works for you.

    As a consolation prize - We are going to all meet for lunch at Rella's (Rt 20 about a mile south of Hacker Valley - about 15 miles north of Webster Springs) on this Saturday - 22 May 2010 - at 1pm. This will still give everyone a riding destination without having to drag all the wet camping gear hither and thither.

    Thanks for your understanding! See you at Rella's on Saturday, and Seneca Rocks in 2 or 3 weeks.
  15. Grape_Ape

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    Don't know if I can make it Saturday but I've been there before.

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  16. Guy Young

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    Damnit!!! :baldy

    Please tell them I said hello.


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  17. pnoman

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    Yikes! :eek1 I forgot all about this! (see below)

    OK, Folks, how does the first weekend, Friday 4 June thru Sunday 6 June work for everyone???


    Thanks for the reminder, Duck!




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  18. Grape_Ape

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    I found this marker this evening. It is an Ohio County/Marshall County marker located on Route 88 at the county line. It is only about a quarter of a mile past the Walter Reuther marker. I don't see a description on the list for this marker. This is probably because of the previously unlisted marker that I found between Benwood and Wheeling.
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  19. Grape_Ape

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    I thought I saw this marker a couple of weeks ago. I went back tonight to check and sure enough, it was there!

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    That's the head of the "Pioneer Mother" monument silhouetted in the background.

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    Shot from the base of the "Pioneer Mothers" monument. You can see her foot.:
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    It is was recently re-erected along Route 40 in Woodsdale Section of Wheeling. It is grouped with the "State's Birthplace" and "National Pike" markers.

    You'll notice that the wording on this marker was also revised. Something was removed at the end of the last sentence just after "Georgetown. I'll try to find out what. Edit: The word Maryland was removed. Georgetown is considered to be part of Washington, DC.
  20. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 39 about 100 feet west of the Virginia state line. Gravel road over old trail runs north and south from the highway.

    This marker was missing when I went by here in March of this year.

    To read more about Gen Loring: http://stonewall.hut.ru/leaders/loring.htm

    To read more about the end of Gen Loring's career in WV/VA: http://stonewall.hut.ru/campaign/loring_jackson.htm




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    Historical Marker located on Rt 39 just inside the WV/VA state line - about 20 - 25 miles east of Marlinton WV.




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    Same Marker - Side #2



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    View eastbound on Rt 39 - that's Virginia just over the hilltop. The two gravel roads for Rider Gap (AKA Ryder Gap) go to the left (north) and right (south).



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    View westbound on Rt 39 entering WV.



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    The gravel road north through Rider Gap.



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    The gravel road south through Rider Gap.