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Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

From The Mountain

Dedicated May 14, 2010

 

— Sculptor: Burl Jones, DDS '66 —

 
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By Bradley Owen, April 27, 2021
1. From The Mountain Marker
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West Virginia's rich traditions and culture nurtured an artistic sensibility in Burl Jones which enabled him to become one of the country's most respected bronze sculptors. Born near Charleston, Burl excelled in academics and athletics and attended West Virginia University on a football scholarship. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the School of Dentistry in 1966. Several years ago, after 25 years of dentistry, Burl placed his focus entirely on his sculpturing. Over 200 original sculptures, including wildlife, mountain men, native americans, fishermen and hunters, have been produced in limited editions and sold to collectors worldwide.

A true Mountaineer, Burl devoted a year of his life working on From the Mountain, which is proudly placed here in Statler Wilson Commons - home of the Erickson Alumni Center and Lane Park.

Generously Provided By
Verl O. Purdy, BSCE '64

A native of Poca, West Virginia, Verl Purdy is a member of WVU's Academy of Distinguished Alumni, the College of Engineering & Mineral Resources Chemical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni, the
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WV Business Hall of Fame, the Order of Vandalia, and serves as Chairman of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors. He is a dedicated volunteer and loyal benefactor to West Virginia University, Verl provided this generous gift to truly enhance the Erickson Alumni Center as a unique showplace for this great University.

From the Mountain is a 14-foot tall bronze statue that showcases the rich history of WVU and features a mountain with five life-size figures, each symbolizing different aspects of the University's proud heritage, a Mountaineer sits majestically atop the statue, depicting the WVU Mascot throughout history.

The legacy of these gifts from Verl Purdy and Burl Jones will be enjoyed by generations of Mountaineers. An extraordinary story for two West Virginia boys who first met as opponents on a football field representing their respective High Schools of Poca and Sissonville.
 
Erected 2010 by West Virginia University Alumni Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducationSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 39.087′ N, 79° 57.856′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is on Alumni Drive east of
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3. From The Mountain Sculpture
From the Mountain is a 14-foot statue that showcases five life-size figures, each symbolizing different aspects of the University's proud heritage.
University Avenue, on the left when traveling east. The marker is along the trail of Raymond J. Lane Park on the west side of the West Virginia University Erickson Alumni Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Alumni Drive, Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Legends (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Legends (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Legends (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Legends (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Legends (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Legends (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Legends (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Legends (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
 
Also see . . .  WVU Alumni Magazine/Fall 2010. A feature article in the WVU Magazine when the sculpture was unveiled detailing its symbolism. (Submitted on May 10, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.) 
 
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4. The Mountaineer
The only mascot during the entire history of West Virginia University.
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5. A Business Professional
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6. West Virginia University Erickson Alumni Center
The marker is in the park just west of this building on West Virginia's Evansdale Campus.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Last updated on May 13, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   6. submitted on May 12, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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