Near Minnora in Calhoun County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Grave of Mike Fink
One mile west in the low gap are the graves of Mike Fink and an Indian, slain in 1780, and buried where they fell. While hunting, Fink and Adam O’Brien were fired on by two Indians; Fink shot one and was killed by the other.
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1780.
Location. 38° 42.856′ N, 81° 6.34′ W. Marker is near Minnora, West Virginia, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Calhoun Highway (West Virginia Route 16) and Milo Road (Local Route 13), on the right when traveling south on Calhoun Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orma WV 25268, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clay County / Calhoun County (approx. 5.7 miles away); Moccasin Rangers (approx. 5.8 miles away); Perry Hays & George Silcott / Louisa Hays & Amie Silcott Arnoldsburg Skirmish (approx. 5.9 miles away); Engagement at Arnoldsburg (approx. 5.9 miles away); Gilmer County / Calhoun County (approx. 9.9 miles away); Honoring E. Dean Starcher (approx. 10.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Mike Fink Still Resting Along Milo Road. 2019 article by Bob Weaver in The Hur Herald. Excerpt:
It is one of Calhoun's great legends, the death of wandering adventurer Fink, a comrade of Adam O'Brien, who died on the same spot with his Indian foe.(Submitted on August 17, 2019.)
2. No Moss Growing on Adam O’Brien. 2018 article by Bob Weaver in The Hur Herald. Contains a photograph of Mike Fink and the unknown Indian’s gravestone. Excerpt:
O’Brien was a character in an often told legend about his fellow traveler Mike Fink, who died in personal combat with an Indian on the head of Fink Fork of Beech, not far from Minnora. The incident began while O'Brien and Fink were watching a salt lick along a trail about 1780.(Submitted on August 17, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 614 times since then and 197 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.