“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)


Beacon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 24, 2021
1. Beacon Marker
Glass making in West Virginia began with the abundance of sandstone, limestone and coal. While there were at least 14 other glass makers in Morgantown, much of my research was done in Star City. Star City was founded in 1907 and named by Louis Kauffeld, general manager of the Star Glass Company. Kauffeld's factory was the first oil lamp chimney producer in West Virginia and made 72 different kinds of lamp chimneys.

"Beacon" utilizes the raw ingredients used in glass making. Sandstone is the main ingredient in glass making. Sandstone is pulverized to make silica then melted to make glass. Coal was used as the source of heat in the process. Limestone was added to give color to the glass. While researching this sculpture, I visited Davis-Lynch glass company in Star City. They donated the glass chunks used in "Beacon". Coal, sandstone, and limestone were items I found in and along the Monongalia river. I used a hollowed cotton wood tree to frame and display the raw materials.

When viewing "Beacon", light is an important factor. Sunlight shines through the large glass piece at the top of the sculpture. The symbolism
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Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 24, 2021
2. Beacon Marker
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is intended for the viewer to be reminded of the rich glass making history in the Morgantown area. I want viewers to remember the people who worked at the glass factories. These men and women were artists of their day. It took great skill to work with glass. Men worked the fires and shaping of glass while woman worked with the etching, washing and packing. Although most glàss factories in West Virginia have closed operations, there are individual artists and few small factories still operating today. "Beacon… West Virginia Glass Making” shines a light on them.
Erected by Eddie Spaghetti Art.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 39° 37.113′ N, 79° 58.102′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is on Don Knotts Boulevard (U.S. 119) 1.3 miles south of Waterfront Place, on the left when traveling north. The marker is located in Caperton Trail Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 438 Don Knotts Blvd, Morgantown WV 26501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ghost of a Train (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sergeant George A. Mitchell, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shane Childers (approx. 0.2 miles away); SSG Anissa Shero
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); 1Lt Jacob "Jake" Fritz (approx. 0.2 miles away); SSG Gene A. Vance, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monongalia County War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ford House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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