This statue was erected in 1972, by a group of people with the same determination as the one it honors. The Hilldale - Talcott Ruritan Club chose this memorial to mark a page of history, one hundred (100) years after the completion of the Big Bend Tunnel in 1872.
John Henry died from a race with the steam drill, during construction of the tunnel for the C. & O. Railway Co.
May God grant that we always respect the great and the strong and be of service to others.
By W. E. M.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 38.973′ N, 80° 46.006′ W. Marker is in Talcott, West Virginia, in Summers County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 3/12 0.2 miles north of Huston Road, on the right when traveling north. On the grounds of the John Henry Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 243 Briercliff Rd, Talcott WV 24981, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Henry In Fiction (a few steps from this marker); Great Bend Tunnel Construction
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 20, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.