Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The 35th Star
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West Virginia Statehood
Wheeling became the state capitol - but not for long. In 1870, the seat of government moved south to Charleston after former Confederates regained the right to vote. Lawmakers, however, concidered Charleston isolated and provincial (with a population of only 3,162), so the capitol returned to Wheeling, which had 19,280 residents. A statewide referendum eventually settled the issue, and Charleston became the permanent capitol in 1885.
Salt industry pioneer Daniel Ruffner built the house behind you in 1815 as a tavern or "house of private entertainment." It was ideally situated on a well established transportation
Civil War- and Military-Related Statuary on Capitol Grounds;
Union Soldier (West Virginians in Union service), SW corner
Lincoln Walks at Midnight (Creation of West Virginia),S riverfront lawn
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Confederate soldiers),SE corner
Montani Semper Liberi (Men and Women of the Union), NE corner
Booker T. Washington (Famed African American Educator), N side
War Veterans Memorial, between Culture Center and parking garage
(Lower left picture)
West Virginia Capitol, completed 1885, burned 1921 Courtesy West Virginia Archives
(Right side picture)
U.S. Custom House (Independence Hall), Wheeling, in 1861 Courtesy West Virginia Archives
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 20.175′ N, 81° 36.975′ W. Marker is in Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is on Kanawha Blvd East (U.S. 60) near Greenbrier Street, on the right when traveling Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston WV 25311, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Executive Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Civil War Monument (about 700 feet away); Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named State Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The West Virginia Coal Miner" (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named State Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away); Booker Taliaferro Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
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