Near Ansted in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Once called Marshall’s Pillar for Chief Justice John Marshall, who came here, 1812. U.S. engineers declare the New River Canyon, 585 feet deep, surpasses the famed Royal Gorge. Tunnel for river makes vast water power here.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
Location. 38° 7.376′ N, 81° 7.668′ W. Marker is near Ansted, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on U.S. 60, 1.7 miles west of Fox Avenue, on the right when traveling east. It it at the Hawk’s Nest State Park overlook parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ansted WV 25812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster (within shouting distance of this marker); Hawk’s Nest Tunnel (within shouting distance of this Salt Sand (approx. half a mile away); "Contentment" (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Contentment (approx. 1.2 miles away); New Haven Veterans' Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Jackson's Mother (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hawks Nest Strike (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ansted.
More about this marker. This marker was erected before 1937.
Regarding Hawk’s Nest. Hawk’s Nest, the site of Hawks Nest State Park, is a peak on Gauley Mountain in Ansted, West Virginia, USA. The cliffs at this point rise 585 feet (178 m) above the New River [which itself is about 1900 feet above sea level]. Located on the James River and Kanawha Turnpike (the road that served as an extension of the canal across what is now West Virginia), many early travelers on this road stopped to see the view of the river
The name Hawk’s Nest derived from the many fish hawks [also known as ospreys] which inhabited the massive cliffs at this point. When the railroad began blasting in the area between 1869 and 1873, the hawks left the site and never returned. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was completed through the area on January 29, 1873, and a ceremony was held at Hawk’s Nest Station. —excerpted from Wikipedia entry.
Also see . . . Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Hawks Nest Subdivision. Abandoned website entry (Submitted on September 26, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,288 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 9, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 5. submitted on June 20, 2023, by Angel Langston of Atlanta, Georgia. 6, 7. submitted on August 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 8. submitted on December 4, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the brass plaque at the overlook, perhaps on its own page if it qualifies as a historical marker • Can you help?