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Near Hampden in Mingo County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Horsepen Mountain

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, July 24, 2021
1. Horsepen Mountain Marker
Inscription.  Nearby Boling Baker, white leader of Shawnee Indians, and husband of Aracoma, the daughter of Chief Cornstalk, held horses stolen from the white settlements. Recovery by owners in effect exterminated Baker’s adopted tribe.
 
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
 
Location. 37° 38.826′ N, 81° 59.552′ W. Marker is near Hampden, West Virginia, in Mingo County. Marker is on U.S. 52, 0.4 miles east of West Virginia Route 44, on the right when traveling south. It is near the crest of Horsepen Mountain. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lyburn WV 25632, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hatfield Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Matewan Massacre (approx. 9˝ miles away); M.E. South Church (approx. 9˝ miles away); The Battle of Matewan (approx. 9.6 miles
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By J. J. Prats, July 24, 2021
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away); a different marker also named Matewan Massacre (approx. 9.6 miles away); Divided Loyalties (approx. 9.6 miles away); Hatfield-McCoy Feud (approx. 9.6 miles away); Paw Paw Tree Incident (approx. 9.7 miles away in Kentucky).
 
Also see . . .  Boling Baker and Princess Aracoma. Reprint of a 1937 article from the Logan Banner at BrandonRayKirk.com. Excerpt:
he renegade had one great weakness. A weakness that they hung men for in those days. He was a horse thief. He would take a party of Indians a hundred miles through the mountain passes of Logan county to raid a white settlement in order to steal 20 or 30 horses.

Baker had gone into the business on a large scale. At the head of Gilbert Creek, on Horse Pen Mountain, where the mountain rises abruptly with almost cliff-like sharpness, he had stripped bark from hickory trees and stretched it from tree to tree making a pen in which to keep his stolen stock.

Old settlers of the county who have had the story passed down to them from their great-grandfathers say that the pen was somewhere in the hollow below the road which leads to the fire tower on Horsepen Mountain. It was from this improvised corral of Boling Baker that the mountain was named.
(Submitted on August 2, 2021.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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