Peytona in Boone County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Erected 2008 by West Virginia Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
Location. 38° 8.199′ N, 81° 40.692′ W. Marker is in Peytona, West Virginia, in Boone County. Marker is at the intersection of Daniel Boone Parkway (West Virginia Route 3) and Roundbottom Road (Local Route 119/21) when traveling west on Daniel Boone Parkway. It is a few yards from the Paytona Post Office.Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Peytona WV 25154, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coal Discovered (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Edward Kenna (approx. half a mile away); Indian Camp (approx. half a mile away); Nellis No. 3 Mine Explosion (approx. 3.7 miles away); Nellis / ARMCO Coal (approx. 3.7 miles away); Robert Hager (approx. 9 miles away); Madison (approx. 9.1 miles away); Boone County Courthouse (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peytona.
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1. Wikipedia entry for Coal River. Excerpt:
The availability of large seams of Cannel Coal, which could be used to produce a very desirable coal oil, brought investors to the region in the mid-19th century. The coal could be utilized to produce a coal oil which was in high demand in the urban areas of the US. The oil was used to replace whale oil for lighting. Cannel Coal oil burned bright and produced very little smoke. The utilization of the rivers for navigation was enhanced in the mid 1851 by the construction of a 34-mile lock and dam system designed by William Rosecrans. The Coal River Navigation Company was formed and invested approximately $208,000 to complete the system.(Submitted on August 4, 2019.)
The lock and dam system was repeatedly washed out by floods but continued to be rebuilt by investors. The
After failed attempts by others, the Coal River and Western Railway Company established scheduled rail service along the river at the dawn of the 20th century. This finally provided a reliable source of transportation for the coal and timber industries, sparking an economic boom in the region.
2. e-WV entry for Coal River Navigation Company. 2015 article by Gerard W. Sutphin. Excerpt: “Construction of the stone-filled timber-crib dams and 125-by-24-foot timber-crib locks was completed by 1859. During the first year of operation, 400,000 bushels of cannel coal was barged out of the river.” (Submitted on August 4, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 4, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.