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. VegasRider

    VegasRider Ya, I'm a n00b.

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    Also found a little article and link to this thread here. Great pics and looks like a heckuva project.:lurk
  2. cleanair

    cleanair Been here awhile

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    Not the type Historical Marker your looking for but I found the carvings interesting at the Rich Mountain Battlefield site.

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  3. cleanair

    cleanair Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately, I remember O. J. Morrison's in Clarksburg. The store was located on Main St between 2nd and 3rd Streets.
    I say unfortunately because that dates me!
  4. Guy Young

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    Mike - that is too freakin' cool. Congratulations!!!
  5. Stevequest2000

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    Hey Mike, Just saw you on the news and followed the link on Wboy to this topic. Great job all of you are doing documenting the markers! Informative posts, Thanks!
  6. elroyjetsn

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    Was out scouting around for some markers on Rt 51 and ended up in VA on some gravel roads that eventually put me onto Rt 11 in Va. Heading back into WV I found this and took some pix in case. Just looked over the spreadsheet and don't see it so...

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  7. elroyjetsn

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    Lookin at it, it's about 100 yds over on the VA side of the state line, so It's most likely a VA marker.:D
  8. pnoman

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    Thanks, Steve. Sorry for the delay replying - I just got back from a conference in Florida. No, it was not fun. I'd rather be in WV in the rain. No internet connection unless I wanted to pay the ripoff hotel $10 per day for a connection. :eek1 In addition to $12 a day to park my car there. In addition to ........ oh, the list goes on. "You want a straw with that drink?" :lol3

    You're welcome to join in the hunt for the last group. They're scattered all around the state. (See elroyjetsn's post above) Lots coming to the eastern panhandle soon (if not already).

    What part of WV are you from?
  9. pnoman

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    Nope, it looks like the WV seal on top. Thanks!

    I just got home from FL, so I will try to get the spreadsheet updated this weekend or the first of the week.

    This one was listed as missing. ("Was lost, but now I'm found...")
  10. elroyjetsn

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    Hope you had a great time in the other Panhandle!:D

    Tried again to find the Ft. Evans marker on rt. 11 on the ride back to Martinsburg and can't seem to find it on that stretch. Now, a tornado spun off of Ivan took out a few houses along 11 near Inwood and might have carried off that marker as well.

    Did see the Morgan Morgan memorial with the 2 markers. Been through there lots of times and never noticed it! :D
  11. pnoman

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    Oh, but I did! :lol3 http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15734868&postcount=2139

    The expert on that part of the state is vatrader01. He could talk for hours on all the ones he got and the ones that were missing. Very interesting guy, in case you never met him.
  12. Gabby

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    My dad turned me onto this one. It's a newer style, but placed by the WVDOT. Near Harrisville on Co Rd 12 (Bunnels Run). I'm not sure if you want to include it in your list, or if someone has already but here it is...

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  13. pnoman

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    Very interesting, Gabby. I'll send a link to Joe Geiger and see what he says about it. It's definitely not one of the WV Archives & History markers. It looks like one that was bought and installed by the oil & gas company, but it says WVDOH. Hmmmm.... Stay tuned. :D
  14. Gabby

    Gabby Been here awhile

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    They relocated the road a few years ago to make way for the North Bend Lake backwaters. The oil & gas company has been defunct for decades, so it must have been the DOH who placed it. Interesting none the less.
  15. elroyjetsn

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    The new Tuscarora Church Marker. (the old one had been broken off)

    King Street, Martinsburg

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    After neglecting this thread for the past few months because of work issues, I'm back. :D We've still got some markers waiting to be discovered and immortalized, so let's get started.

    I found 3 recently replaced/refurbished markers on a trip out to Harper's Ferry. Here's the first one.

    Located on Rt 50 at the Grant Co / Mineral Co line, about 5 miles east of Mt. Storm and about 15 miles west of Keyser. Lots of great riding and great scenery in these counties!


    For more info on Grant County: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_County,_West_Virginia

    For more info on Mineral County: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_County,_West_Virginia




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    Historical Marker - Rt 50 westbound entering Grant Co.



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    Same Marker - Side #2, eastbound entering Mineral Co.




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    View eastbound, entering Mineral Co. (Marker is on the left, directly across from my bike)



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    Directly across the road from where I took the second photo is this garage. Hmmm, as Bugs would say, "I must have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque." :lol3


    I am going to work on getting the spreadsheet updated this week. Thanks for your patience.



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  18. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 50, about 14 miles east of Romney.

    The following excerpt is from the WV Division of Culture and History Website: http://www.wvculture.org/history/timetrl/ttjan.html

    January 7, 1862: Battle of Blue's Gap

    When Union General Benjamin Kelley learned of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's plans to destroy the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal opposite Hancock, Maryland, he met the rebels at Blue's Gap. Blue's Gap is in Hampshire County about 13 miles southeast of Romney. The site of the battle is also known as Hanging Rock. It was an important region during the Civil War because the Northwestern Turnpike, which is now U.S. Route 50, passed through Blues Gap.

    The C&O Canal was an avenue for federal supplies. In one attack, Jackson intended to disrupt the canal as well as the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, a significant supply line which ran through Romney. Once these objectives were met, Jackson planned to move across the Allegheny Mountains and drive Union troops from northwestern Virginia.

    Kelley thought an attack at Blue's Gap would force a Confederate withdrawal to protect Jackson's headquarters at Winchester, Virginia. It would also relieve pressure on Union troops at Romney. Troops under Colonel Samuel Dunning, the Union commander at Romney, arrived at Blue's Gap on the morning of January 7, 1862.

    Various reports number the Confederate killed or captured between 40 and 70, but Dunning reported only 7 prisoners and 7 dead. Union troops suffered no casualties and were back in Romney by 4 o'clock that afternnon. Just three days later, Kelley ordered Union troops to evacuate Romney, which was subsequently occupied by Jackson.

    Winter weather forced Jackson to scrap plans to bring northwestern Virginia under Confederate control. Jackson nearly resigned his commission after the Confederate War Department ordered him to abandon Romney. General William Loring had convinced Confederate officials the occupation of Romney had been a strategic mistake. However, Jackson was validated. After the Confederates evacuated Romney, Union troops reopened the entire line of the B&O Railroad.



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    Historical Marker located on Rt 50 about 14 miles east of Romney. Recently repaired/repainted.



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    Same marker - Side #2.



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  19. pnoman

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    Located on Rt 50, about 2 miles west of Romney. Nowhere to pull off safely, but I could see any approaching traffic in time to move.

    Not much to report about Oriskany Sand except it is popular with the oil & gas exploration going on all over the state. Apparently, this type of sand is capable of holding quite a bit of the stuff.

    Here is a lengthy article written about the Oriskany Sand in Pennsylvania, which certainly carries over to West Virginia.

    http://extranet.libraries.psu.edu/content/dam/psul/up/emsl/documents/pags_reports/No.111.pdf




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    Historical Marker located on Rt 50, 2 miles west of Romney. They trees were blocking any possible view of nearby rock formations.




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    Same marker - Side #2



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  20. elroyjetsn

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    Mike,

    Hows the arm healing up?