Near Bartow in Pocahontas County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Crossing the Mountains
The Turnpike was to be built on a variation of the macadam plan, a paving system calling for an elevated road surface with several layers of small stones combined to make a watertight surface. Construction was contracted out in sections. In reality, only some sections of the Turnpike were ever completed to specifications. Once opened, occasional appropriations and the tolls collected proved inadequate to finish bridges and to maintain the roadway.
Even so, the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike provided access for settlement and trade into the western sections of Virginia. It was a valued prize fought over during the Civil War. Following the War, most of the turnpike ran within the new state of West Virginia.
Most of the route of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike can be followed today on modern roadways. Within West Virginia, the route from here to Parkersburg has been designated as the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Byway. Some sections of the original route that have been bypassed by the modern highway are designated as Backway routes.
Erected by Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Byway (funded in part by Federal Highway Admnistration).
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 38° 28.529′ N, 79° 41.948′ W. Marker was near Bartow, West Virginia, in Pocahontas County. Marker was at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Forest Service Road, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 250. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Bartow WV 24920, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Great Raid (here, next to this marker); War In West Virginia (a few steps from this Camp Allegheny (a few steps from this marker); West Virginia / Virginia (a few steps from this marker); Highland County / West Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker in Virginia); a different marker also named Camp Allegheny (approx. 0.7 miles away in Virginia); a different marker also named Camp Allegheny (approx. 1.3 miles away); Camp Bartow (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bartow.
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a map of the turnpike indicating landmarks in West Virginia.
Also see . . . The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Alliance. The alliance website offers details of the historic turnpike. (Submitted on July 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 981 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.