Terra Alta in Preston County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
World War I
Triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, World War I began in August 1914 when Germany invaded Belgium and France. On the Eastern front, Russia agreed to stop fighting late in 1917 following the Russian Revolution. The Western front was stalemated in trench warfare for three-and-a-half years before the United States intervened in 1917 on the side of the Allies.
Several events led to U.S. intervention: the sinking of the Lusitania, a British passenger liner; unrestricted German submarine warfare; and the Zimmerman Note, which revealed a Geran plot to provoke Mexico to war against the United States.
World War I killed more people--9 million combatants and million civilians--and cost more money--$186 billion in direct costs and another $151 billion in indirect costs--than any previous war in history. Politically, it resulted in the downfall of four empires and contributed to the Bolshevik rise to power in Russia in 1917 and the triumph of Fascism in Italy in 1922. The war allowed the United States to become the world's leading creditor to industrial
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World I. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1914.
Location. 39° 26.591′ N, 79° 32.517′ W. Marker is in Terra Alta, West Virginia, in Preston County. Marker is on East State Avenue (West Virginia Route 7) just west of East High Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 406 E State Ave, Terra Alta WV 26764, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War II (here, next to this marker); Korean War (here, next to this marker); In Memory Of All American Veterans (here, next to this marker); Vietnam War (here, next to this marker); Gulf War (a few steps from this marker); In Flander's Field by John McCrae / Buddy Poppy (within shouting distance of this marker); Everett Wayne "Budd" Sell (within shouting distance of this marker); Clifford Paul Kelly (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terra Alta.
Additional keywords. The Armenian Genocide; the 1917 Spanish flu epidemic
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.