“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Thomas in Tucker County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

The Blackwater

The Blackwater Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
1. The Blackwater Marker
Inscription.  To the southwest is Blackwater Falls, 63 feet high, and its rugged gorge. It drains lovely Canaan Valley, which may be seen from the mountain top, 3700 feet high. It was made famous in “Blackwater Chronicles” by “Porte Crayon.”
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNatural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
Location. 39° 9.097′ N, 79° 29.794′ W. Marker is in Thomas, West Virginia, in Tucker County. Marker is on Appalachian Highway (West Virginia Route 32) south of U.S. 219, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thomas WV 26292, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Window to the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); A "Howling Wilderness" (within shouting distance of this marker); Out On The Town (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Melting Pot of Thomas (about 700 feet away); Connecting Thomas to the World
The Blackwater Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
2. The Blackwater Marker
(about 700 feet away); A Lesson in Resourcefulness (about 700 feet away); Dwellings and Design (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas, West Virginia Mine Disaster Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thomas.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Blackwater River. “It is a true blackwater stream, owing to spruce and hemlock trees in its watershed, the tannins of which impart a tea or amber color to its water. ... After passing the town of Davis, it falls 62 feet (19 m) over Blackwater Falls and enters the eight-mile (13 km) long Blackwater Canyon in Blackwater Falls State Park. Here it forms whitewater rapids of Class IV-V+” (Submitted on June 25, 2014.) 

2. Blackwater Chronicle. 2002 edition of the 1853 book by Philip Pendleton Kennedy and David Hunter Strother on “West Virginia University English Professor Timothy Sweet edited the second volume in our West Virginia and Appalachia series. The Blackwater Chronicle by Philip Pendleton Kennedy was originally published in 1853, but this wilderness travelogue about the exploration of Canaan Valley has appeal far beyond that time and region. In fact, it was originally published
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in New York and London, and even in a German edition. This often humorous and always fascinating story, told by Kennedy about the journey he and his colleagues took into yet unexplored territory, will make the reader long for days when there was still wilderness on this continent. It will also be of interest to the outdoorsman and should be viewed as an environmental cautionary tale.” Original edition also available as a free eBook on Google Play Books. (Submitted on June 25, 2014.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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