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


Coeburn Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
1. Coeburn Marker
Inscription. The town stands on the site of one of Christopher Gistís camps when he was returning from his exploration of the Ohio Valley about 1750. Big Tom and Little Tom Creeks are named for him and his son. The name of the town comes from W. W. Coe, chief engineer of the Norfolk & Western Railroad, and Judge W. E. Burns of Lebanon. Coeburn was incorporated in 1894.
Erected 1941 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number X-20.)
Location. 36° 56.553′ N, 82° 28.23′ W. Marker is in Coeburn, Virginia, in Wise County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street West (Virginia Route 158) and Laurel Avenue and 2nd Street West (Virginia Route 72), on the right when traveling east on Front Street West. Click for map. It is in the small triangle made by the left turn lane from Front Street eastbound to 2nd Street westbound. Marker is in this post office area: Coeburn VA 24230, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The University of Virginiaís College at Wise (approx. 5.3 miles away); Wise (approx. 6.4 miles away); Gladeville in the Civil War (approx. 6.5 miles away); a different
Coeburn Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
2. Coeburn Marker
marker also named Wise (approx. 6.9 miles away); Napoleon Hill (approx. 7.2 miles away); Norton / Coeburn (approx. 7.6 miles away); Flanary Archaeological Site (approx. 8 miles away); Dungannon Depot (approx. 8 miles away).
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Christopher Gist. “By 1750 Gist had settled in northern North Carolina, near the Yadkin River. One of his neighbors was the noted frontiersman Daniel Boone. During that same year, the Ohio Company chose Gist to explore the country of the Ohio River as far as the present-day Louisville, Kentucky area, and endear himself to the Native Americans along the way. That winter Gist mapped the Ohio countryside between the Lenape (Delaware) village of Shannopinís Town, site of present-day Pittsburgh, to the Great Miami River in present-day western Ohio. Gist was warmly received at Pickawillany when he arrived in February 1751, and cemented the alliance between ĎOld Britoní and English interests against expanding French interests. From there he crossed into Kentucky accompanied by a black servant and returned to his home along the Yadkin.” (Submitted on November 22, 2015.) 
Additional keywords. Norfolk & Western Railroad
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 54 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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