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Point Marion in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sheepskin Trail

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Sheepskin Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, August 4, 2022
1. Sheepskin Trail Marker
Inscription.  
The original rail line that defines much of the Sheepskin Trail was built in the 1890's as the Fairmont, Morgantown, and Pittsburgh branch of the B&O Railroad. It was to meet the needs of a booming coal and coke industry and in fact the rail service opened the southern end of the Connellsville Coke Region. Today along the proposed trail, users will be able to view the remnants of coke ovens along the route, including: Cheat River Coke Works, Ada's Bottom Coke Works, Atchison Coke Works, and Shoaf.

According to railroad buffs, the old railroaders called this rail The Sheepskin Line. Trains scattered sheep for miles when it first opened. The disgruntled herders were heard to exclaim: "Darn Sheepskinners!" and the name stuck.

The Sheepskin is a rail-trail project that will cut through the heart of central Fayette County. It is a missing link to a nationally significant trail system. Upon its completion it will link with the Great Allegheny Passage (a Pittsburgh-to-Washington DC Rail-Trail network), and the West Virginia Rail-Trail System. As a recreational greenway, the Sheepskin will link the Youghiogheny, Monongahela,
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and Cheat River watersheds - making it a significant greenway.
 
Erected 2022 by Sheepskin Trail.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 39° 43.948′ N, 79° 54.201′ W. Marker is in Point Marion, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker is on South Main Street, 0.1 miles north of 5th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Sheepskin Trail trailhead. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 780 South Main Street, Point Marion PA 15474, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Point Marion (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crossing the Mon at Point Marion, Pennsylvania (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Historic Downtown Point Marion (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Point Marion (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point Marion.
 
Sheepskin Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, August 4, 2022
2. Sheepskin Trail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 5, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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