“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Thomas in Tucker County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Blackwater

The Blackwater Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
1. The Blackwater Marker
Inscription. To the southwest is Blackwater Falls, 63 feet high, and its rugged gorge. It drains lovely Canaan Valley, which may be seen from the mountain top, 3700 feet high. It was made famous in “Blackwater Chronicles” by “Porte Crayon.”
Location. 39° 9.097′ N, 79° 29.794′ W. Marker is in Thomas, West Virginia, in Tucker County. Marker is on Appalachian Highway (West Virginia Route 32) south of U.S. 219, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thomas WV 26292, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coketon Colored School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Salt Sands (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fairfax Stone (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Fairfax Stone (approx. 3 miles away); Hoye ~ Crest (approx. 6 miles away in Maryland); Corrick's Ford Battle (approx. 10.5 miles away); Tucker County Courthouse (approx. 10.6 miles away); Williams v. Board of Education Case (approx. 10.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Thomas.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Blackwater River. “It is a true blackwater stream, owing to spruce and hemlock trees in its
The Blackwater Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
2. The Blackwater Marker
watershed, the tannins of which impart a tea or amber color to its water. ... After passing the town of Davis, it falls 62 feet (19 m) over Blackwater Falls and enters the eight-mile (13 km) long Blackwater Canyon in Blackwater Falls State Park. Here it forms whitewater rapids of Class IV-V+” (Submitted on June 25, 2014.) 

2. Blackwater Chronicle. 2002 edition of the 1853 book by Philip Pendleton Kennedy and David Hunter Strother on “West Virginia University English Professor Timothy Sweet edited the second volume in our West Virginia and Appalachia series. The Blackwater Chronicle by Philip Pendleton Kennedy was originally published in 1853, but this wilderness travelogue about the exploration of Canaan Valley has appeal far beyond that time and region. In fact, it was originally published in New York and London, and even in a German edition. This often humorous and always fascinating story, told by Kennedy about the journey he and his colleagues took into yet unexplored territory, will make the reader long for days when there was still wilderness on this continent. It will also be of interest to the outdoorsman and should be viewed as an environmental cautionary tale.” Original edition also available as a free eBook on Google Play Books. (Submitted on June 25, 2014.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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