Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The Tibbs Run Reservoir: Then a Water Source, Now a Local Treasure
In 1950, the City of Morgantown acquired the property associated with the existing water works, including the Tibbs Run Reservoir. Among the last additions at Tibbs Run was a small chemical and meter building built in 1961 (no longer visible). During the 1960s, the Tibbs Run Reservoir supplied water primarily for the Sabraton, Rock Forge, Marilla Park, and Jerome Park areas. Cobun Creek Reservoir (built in 1957) and the Monongahela River supplied water to the rest of the expanding town. As continual improvements to the overall system brought the need for "clean mountain water" to a close, the City of Morgantown stopped using the Tibbs Run Reservoir in 1969. After the reservoir closed, this area became an informal recreation site. Locals came here to fish large-mouth bass, bluegills, and catfish. Others swam or picnicked. This activity ceased after the reservoir was drained in 1980. Today, people come here to walk the trails, enjoy the natural setting, view the gardens, and participate in activities and events.
After the reservoir was drained, the basin returned in many ways to its natural state. Plants and trees now grow in the
Erected 2014 by West Virginia Botanic Garden and West Virginia Humanities Council.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1957.
Location. 39° 37.687′ N, 79° 52.16′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker can be reached from Tyrone Road (County Road 75) 0.1 miles south of Quartz Drive, on the right when traveling east. The marker lies along the Reservoir Loop Trail at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown WV 26508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Clean Mountain Water" Not So Clean (within shouting distance of this marker); Who Wants Clean Water? (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remnants of the Past: The Dam and Outlet Tower (about 800 feet away); Strong Men and Horses Build the BasinRalph Lemley: Resourceful Caretaker (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Small Dam and a Big "Bowl" Meet the Need for Clean Water (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clean Water Comes To Morgantown (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.