“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)

West Virginia University

West Virginia University Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 19, 2014
1. West Virginia University Marker
Inscription.  Founded by the Legislature on February 7, 1867 as the Agricultural College of West Virginia under terms of the Federal Land-Grant Act of 1862. On December 4, 1868, the name was changed to West Virginia University.
Erected 1964 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
Location. 39° 38.837′ N, 79° 58.665′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is at the intersection of Monongahela Boulevard (West Virginia Route 19) and Patterson Drive (West Virginia Route 705), on the right when traveling south on Monongahela Boulevard. It is at just before the visitor’s parking lot for the Core Arboretum, which can only be reached when traveling southbound on US 19. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Core Arboretum (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Riverside Honor Roll
West Virginia University Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 19, 2014
2. West Virginia University Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Town of Granville Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away); Westover Honor Roll (approx. 0.9 miles away); Seneca Glass Company (approx. 0.9 miles away); Monongalia High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Indian Park - Burrows Cemetery (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for WVU History. “The first campus building was constructed in 1870 as University Hall, and was renamed Martin Hall in 1889 in honor of West Virginia University’s first president, the Rev. Alexander Martin of Scotland. After the Woodburn Seminary building was destroyed by fire in 1873, the centerpiece of what is now Woodburn Hall was completed in 1876, under the name New Hall. The name was changed to University Building in 1878, when the College of Law was founded as the first professional school in the state of West Virginia. The precursor to Woodburn Circle was finished in 1893 when Chitwood Hall (then Science Hall) was constructed on the bluff’s north side. Around the start of the 20th century, a north wing was added to University Building, and
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the facility was renamed Woodburn Hall. Throughout the next decade, Woodburn Hall underwent several renovations and additions, including the construction of the south wing and east tower housing the iconic Seth Thomas clock.” (Submitted on June 20, 2014.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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Sep. 30, 2020