Star City in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Star City Recreation
1951 - Present
A New Lease on the Line
As industries changed, and transportation shifted to trucks and automobiles, Star City's riverfront and adjacent rail corridor was used less. Concerned by the disappearance of America's rail network, the U.S. Congress in 1983, created the "Rail-banking Program," which preserved rail corridors through interim trail use, reserving the ability to restore rail service if needed. Thus began the rise of public recreational Rail-Trails, and revitalization of the Star City riverfront.
The Rails Reborn
By 1996, the Chessie x Seaboard Corridor (CSX, formerly FM&P) was abandoned, rail-banked, and paved for public use. Star City is now one stop on the 29-mile Mon River Rail-Trail, popular with walkers, cyclists, runners, and cross-country skiers, that is managed by the Mon River Trails Conservancy (www.montrails.org). In 2015, the reclaimed Quality Glass site north of Star City became the Van Voorhis Trailhead for the Mon River Trail.
It Takes a Village
Under Mayor Allen Sharp in 2005, Tugboat Depot playground, now a popular destination in Edith Barill Park, was
A Labor of Love
Between 2018 and 2021, under Mayor Herman Reid, a major effort was made to improve Edith Barill Park by restaining wood structures, replacing an old dock with a kayak/canoe launch, stabilizing and landscaping the riverbank, replacing the boat ramp, and introducing a new pavilion, now supporting a weekly Farmers Market. These citizen-driven projects have transformed Star City's riverfront, giving it new life and purpose for public enjoyment.
Surveying for the Interceptor Sewage Plant, Morgantown, W. Va. (ca. 1960-1970)
West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries
Source: Morgantown Post - West Virginia History OnView
Taking in the Newly Constructed Kayak Launch at the Van Voorhis Trialhead (2016)
Source: Carla Kesling, Morgantown Area Paddlers
The Cautionary Lines in Front of Tugboat Depot are Reminiscient of the Old Tracks
Source: Mary Wimmer, Morgantown Area Paddlers (MAP), Morgantown North Rotary (MNR), and Upper Mon River Association (UMRA)
Families Playing at the Tugboat Depot Grand Opening (2005)
Source: Rae Jean Sielen, Morgantown North Rotary
Members of Morgantown Area Paddlers Enjoy the New Kayak Launch at Edith Barill Park (2018)
Source: Mary Wimmer, MAP/MNR/UMRA
Volunteers Work with Crew Members From Premier Landscaping to Stabilize the Edith Barill Park Riverbank (2019)
Source: Mary Wimmer, MAP/MNR/UMRA
Erected 2021 by West Virginia Humanities Council, Upper Monongahela River Association and Laick Design. (Marker Number 10.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1983.
Location. 39° 39.567′ N, 79° 59.494′ W. Marker is in Star City, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Frontier Street and University Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located in Edith Barill Riverfront Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 388 Frontier St, 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. Star City Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Site of Star City Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Star City Mosaic (a few steps from this marker); Immigrants in Star City (a few steps from this marker); The Founding of Star City (within shouting distance of this marker); Pre-Star City (within shouting distance of this marker); Socialism in Star City (within shouting distance of this marker); Star City Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Star City.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.