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

Wagon Road

 
 
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Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 16, 2021
1. Wagon Road Marker
Inscription.  
Traces of a nineteenth century wagon road may be seen behind this sign. This section of the road ran parallel to the location of the existing Service Road.

Before the damming of the Monongahela River, low water levels frequently allowed horse-drawn wagons to ford the river. The old road evident here gave farmers from the Evansdale area a route for carrying produce to Granville and other residential villages across the river. Builders who mined gravel from the riverbed also used the old road.

Damming of the Monongahela raised water levels after 1879, making it impossible to ford the river. The riverbed became silty. Evansdale's last large farms became the site for the "second campus” of West Virginia University in 1948.
 
Erected 1994 by West Virginia University Biology Department.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
 
Location. 39° 38.675′ N, 79° 58.67′ W. Marker is in Morgantown,
Wagon Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 16, 2021
2. Wagon Road Marker
Traces of a nineteenth century wagon road cutting through the woods can be seen behind the marker.
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West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker can be reached from Monongahela Boulevard (U.S. 19) 0.2 miles south of Evansdale Drive, on the right when traveling south. To access the marker, use the small visitor’s parking lot at the entrance to the Core Arboretum that can only be reached from the southbound lane. The marker is on the Lower Rumsey Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Sugar Maple (within shouting distance of this marker); Dawn Redwood (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberty Island Tree (about 700 feet away); Guthrie Loop Area (approx. 0.2 miles away); Core Arboretum (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Core Arboretum (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Virginia University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 21, 2023